Dignity and Daily Practice

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Monica Budowski

The Case of Lone Mothers in Costa Rica

ISBN 978-3-8258-8072-9
Band-Nr. 5
Jahr 2005
Seiten 272
Bindung broschiert
Reihe Freiburger Sozialanthropologische Studien/Freiburg Studies in Social Anthropology/


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.