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Basic Income Grant Towards Poverty Alleviation in Namibia - A discourse analysis of conceptions of poverty and poverty alleviation within the BIG Coalition

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Basic Income Grant Towards Poverty Alleviation in Namibia - A discourse analysis of conceptions of poverty and poverty alleviation within the BIG Coalition

Description

"Namibia is one of the most unequal countries in the world and has high rates of poverty. In the thesis the proposal for a basic income grant as a strategy for poverty alleviation in Namibia is analyzed. The study is based on six interviews with the Basic Income Grant Coalition in Namibia and their four publications. The theoretical and methodological framework is Fairclough’s critical discourse analysis and social theory of discourse. Conceptions about the economical and political situation of Namibia in relation to inequality are discussed, as well as the image of the desired citizen in neo-liberal societies. Poverty is conceptualized as a trap where the BIG is regarded as a way out from poverty to a situation of confidence, engagement and economic activity. Contemporary classifications and means testing for social grants are problematized as inefficient and discriminative. The BIG is regarded as right in the context of the big inequalities in Namibia. It is suggested that the BIG Coalition with the proposal for the grant also offers alternative conceptions about Namibia and about the possibilities for change in the situation of poverty."

Creator

Sofia Littmarck

Publisher

Linköpings universitet

Date

2010

Format

PDF

Language

English

Type

Master (one year) Thesis in Social and Cultural Analysis Year 2010

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Sofia Littmarck, “Basic Income Grant Towards Poverty Alleviation in Namibia - A discourse analysis of conceptions of poverty and poverty alleviation within the BIG Coalition,” Namibia Digital Repository, accessed October 19, 2018, http://namibia.leadr.msu.edu/items/show/366.

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