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Locating and Extending Livelihoods Research

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  • Martin Prowse

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Much poverty and development research is not explicit about its methodology or philosophical foundations. Based on the extended case method of Burawoy and the epistemological standpoint of critical realism, this paper discusses a methodological approach for reflexive inductive livelihoods research that overcomes the unproductive social science dualism of positivism and social constructivism. The approach is linked to a conceptual framework and a menu of research methods that can be sequenced and iterated in light of research questions.

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  • Martin Prowse, 2008. "Locating and Extending Livelihoods Research," Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper Series 3708, BWPI, The University of Manchester.
  • Handle: RePEc:bwp:bwppap:3708
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    1. Richard A. Duncombe, 2014. "Understanding the Impact of Mobile Phones on Livelihoods in Developing Countries," Development Policy Review, Overseas Development Institute, vol. 32(5), pages 567-588, September.

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