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Ordinary Families, Extraordinary Lives: Assets and Poverty Reduction in Guayaquil, 1978-2004by Caroline O. N. Moser
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Fifty years after Oscar Lewis's famous depiction of five Mexican families caught in a culture of poverty, Caroline Moser tells a very different story of five neighborhood women and their families strategically accumulating assets to escape poverty in the Ecuadoran city of Guayaquil. In Ordinary Families, Extraordinary Lives, Moser shows how a more sophisticated understanding of the complexities of asset accumulation as well as poverty itself can help counter inaccurate stereotypes about global poverty. It provides invaluable insight into strategies that may help people in developing countries improve their wellbeing.
The similar socioeconomic characteristics and economic circumstances of the Guayaquil families in 1978, when Moser began her research, set the stage for a natural experiment. By 2004, these circumstances varied widely. Moser captures the causes and consequences of these developments through economic data, anthropological narrative, and personal photos. She then places this compelling story within the broader context of political, economic, and spatial changes in Guayaquil and Ecuador.
Moser describes how households in a Third World urban slum relentlessly and systematically fought to accumulate human, social, and financial capital assets. Her longitudinal account of their odyssey captures long-term trends and changes in perception that are missed in snapshot assessments. Chapters in this holistic story cover diverse issues such as housing and infrastructure, community mobilization and political negotiation, employment, family dynamics, violence, and emigration.
Book News Annotation:
Moser (Brookings Institution and professor of urban development, U. of Manchester) describes how households living in a typical third-world urban slum community struggled to escape poverty while also contesting with the authorities to provide both physical and social infrastructure. In 1978, she says, Indio Guayas was a mangrove swamp on the periphery of Guayaquil, Ecuador, where young families lived without basic services; three decades later it is a consolidated settlement where fewer than one in three household is considered poor. Among the stages in the transformation are squatter housing as a physical asset; leadership, empowerment, and community participation in negotiating for social services; the impact of intra-household dynamics on asset vulnerability and accumulation; and community responses to insecurity. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Fifty years after Oscar Lewiss famous depiction of five Mexican families caught in a culture of poverty, Caroline Moser tells a very different story of five neighborhood women and their families strategically accumulating assets to escape poverty in the Ecuadoran city of Guayaquil. In Ordinary Families, Extraordinary Lives, Moser shows how a
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