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Life on the edge: rural poverty and vulnerability in XIXth century northern Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Demographic Data Base. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Population Studies (CPS).
2006 (English)In: Annales de Démographie Historique, ISSN 0066-2062, Vol. 1, no 111, 31-57 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article discusses the complex relationship between poverty and vulnerability in rural xixth century Sweden, from a regional as well as from an individual perspective. Using different definitions of poverty in fiscal sources and poor relief records the author shows that the experiences of vulnerability varied, on the individual and household level as well as on the community level. Far from all of those, that must be considered socially and economically vulnerable, were supported by poor relief. On the community level the differences can to a large extent be explained by socio-economic factors while the diversity on the individual level must be attributed to a number of different factors: structural as well as individual, demographic and cultural as well as social and economical. The results suggest, that to gain a fuller understanding of the determinants of vulnerability in a population, it is necessary to combine aggregate data with life-course studies and direct further attention to the importance of factors such as gender, culture and local policy.

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Cairn , 2006. Vol. 1, no 111, 31-57 p.
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fiscal poverty, vulnerability, households, 19th century, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-49407OAI: diva2:455739
Available from: 2011-11-11 Created: 2011-11-11 Last updated: 2012-05-16Bibliographically approved

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