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Perceptions of poverty attributions in Europe: a multilevel mixture model approach

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  • Leonor Costa


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    The perception of the causes of poverty has long been recognized as a very important factor in the broader study of this social phenomenon. This study covers 15 European Union countries and considers three types of poverty attributions: individualistic, societal, and fatalistic. The individualistic view perception believes the poor are responsible for their situation, the societal perspective blames society for poverty and the fatalistic view considers poverty to be the result of bad luck or fate. A multilevel mixture model with three clusters of countries and six clusters of individuals was identified. Despite the generalization of the social explanations of poverty at the individual or micro level, there are also groups that emphasize more individualistic explanations, blaming the poor for their condition. At the country or macro level, the most developed cluster believes in the individualistic and fatalistic causes of poverty, whereas the least developed clusters explain poverty based on the injustices of society. There is diversity in the way these countries perceive poverty. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Quality & Quantity.

    Volume (Year): 48 (2014)
    Issue (Month): 3 (May)
    Pages: 1409-1419

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    Handle: RePEc:spr:qualqt:v:48:y:2014:i:3:p:1409-1419
    DOI: 10.1007/s11135-013-9843-3
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