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Using Family Histories to Understand the Intergenerational Transmission of Chronic Poverty


  • Robert Miller



A method of collecting family histories that would act as a means of linking households from the panel studies with individual life histories is proposed. The procedure used to construct a three-generation ‘social genealogical’ chart of the family and a strategy for interviewing individual family members sited across the generations of the family is described. A mode of ‘contrastive comparison’ analysis between the factual family history and the accounts of the family given by differently-sited family members is explained that would allow a holistic extra-individual view of the family to be constructed. [CPRC Working Paper 103]

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  • Robert Miller, 2007. "Using Family Histories to Understand the Intergenerational Transmission of Chronic Poverty," Working Papers id:1272, eSocialSciences.
  • Handle: RePEc:ess:wpaper:id:1272
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    1. Stephen P. Jenkins & Thomas Siedler, 2007. "Using Household Panel Data to Understand the Intergenerational Transmission of Poverty," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 694, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
    2. Hulme, David & Shepherd, Andrew, 2003. "Conceptualizing Chronic Poverty," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 31(3), pages 403-423, March.
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