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Dignity and Daily Practice
The Case of Lone Mothers in Costa Rica
Reihe: Freiburger Sozialanthropologische Studien/Freiburg Studies in Social Anthropology/ Etudes d'Anthropologie Sociale de l'Université de Fribourg
Bd. 5, 2005, 272 S., 29.90 EUR, 29.90 CHF, br., ISBN 3-8258-8072-9
In recent debates over poverty and development, notions of worth, dignity, and human rights have come to the forefront. This publication addresses the link between the theoretical notion of dignity as a social primary good and its material expressions in daily life from comparative social anthropological and historical perspectives. The empirical analysis is based on over one hundred in-depth interviews with lone mothers living in different cultural settings in Costa Rica. In addition, a unique and innovative national social policy measure aimed at promoting dignity and self-worth as a means to exit poverty and secure sustainable development is assessed.
Monica Budowski is Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.