(noun) A form of poverty that is the same regardless of country or culture and occurs when the resources required for minimum physical health are lacking, typically defined by limited access to food, clothing, and shelter.
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- Absolute poverty is compared and contrasted with relative poverty. Absolute poverty is an objective measurement and relative poverty is a subjective assessment.
- A type of poverty.
- Also called:
- extreme poverty
- primary poverty
- Informally called:
- Cheal, David J. 1996. New Poverty: Families in Postmodern Society. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
- Jargowsky, Paul A. 1997. Poverty and Place: Ghettos, Barrios, and the American City. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
- Lowe, Gary R., and P. Nelson Reid. 1999. The Professionalization of Poverty: Social Work and the Poor in the Twentieth Century. New York: Aldine de Gruyter.
- Raphael, Jody. 2004. Listening to Olivia: Violence, Poverty, and Prostitution. Boston: Northeastern University Press.
- Raphael, Jody. 2000. Saving Bernice: Battered Women, Welfare, and Poverty. Boston: Northeastern University Press.
- Segalman, Ralph, and Asoke Basu. 1981. Poverty in America the Welfare Dilemma. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
- Tanner, Michael. 1996. The End of Welfare: Fighting Poverty in the Civil Society. Washington, D.C.: Cato Institute.
- Taylor, Brian K. 1987. Sociology, Poverty and Inequality. London: Roehampton Institute.
- United Nations. 1974. Attack on Absolute Poverty in Africa: The Role of the United Nations Development Advisory Teams (UNDATs). New York: Economic Commission for Africa, United Nations.