Poverty, wealth, and well-being : experiencing penia in democratic Athens / Claire Taylor
- Taylor, Claire, 1978-
- Additional Titles:
- Poverty, wealth, & well-being
- Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2017.
- First edition.
- Physical Description:
- viii, 309 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
- Machine generated contents note: 1.Poverty and Penia: Approaching the Lives of the Poor in the Ancient World -- 2.Poverty and Poverty Discourses -- 3.Poverty and the Distribution of Income and Wealth -- 4.Experiencing Penia: The Dynamics of Poverty -- 5.Experiencing Penia: The Reproduction of Poverty and the Consolidation of Wealth -- 6.Appearing without Shame: Well-Being, Capabilities, and Standards of Living -- 7.Poverty, Inequality, and Well-Being in Fourth-Century Athens.
- Poverty in fifth- and fourth-century BCE Athens was a markedly different concept to that with which we are familiar today. Reflecting contemporary ideas about labour, leisure, and good citizenship, the 'poor' were considered to be not only those who were destitute, or those who were living at the borders of subsistence, but also those who were moderately well-off but had to work for a living. Defined in this way, this group covered around 99 per cent of the population of Athens. This conception of 'penia' (poverty) was also ideologically charged: the poor were contrasted with the rich and found, for the most part, to be both materially and morally deficient. 0'Poverty, Wealth, and Well-Being' sets out to rethink what it meant to be poor in a world where this was understood as the need to work for a living, exploring the discourses that constructed poverty as something to fear and linking them with experiences of 'penia' among different social groups in Athens.
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-290) and indexes.
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