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Basic Income Grant Towards Poverty Alleviation in Namibia: A discourse analysis of conceptions of poverty and poverty alleviation within the BIG Coalition
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Namibia is one of the most unequal countries in the world and has high rates of poverty. In the thesis the proposal for a basic income grant as a strategy for poverty alleviation in Namibia is analyzed. The study is based on six interviews with the Basic Income Grant Coalition in Namibia and their four publications. The theoretical and methodological framework is Fairclough’s critical discourse analysis and social theory of discourse. Conceptions about the economical and political situation of Namibia in relation to inequality are discussed, as well as the image of the desired citizen in neo-liberal societies. Poverty is conceptualized as a trap where the BIG is regarded as a way out from poverty to a situation of confidence, engagement and economic activity. Contemporary classifications and means testing for social grants are problematized as inefficient and discriminative. The BIG is regarded as right in the context of the big inequalities in Namibia. It is suggested that the BIG Coalition with the proposal for the grant also offers alternative conceptions about Namibia and about the possibilities for change in the situation of poverty.

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2010. , 50 p.
Keyword [en]
Poverty, poverty alleviation, poverty reduction, basic income grant, Namibia, critical discourse analysis, citizen
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-59873ISRN: LiU-ISV/SKA-A—10/07--SEOAI: diva2:353810
2010-09-22, Norrköping, 13:00 (Swedish)
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2010-10-04 Created: 2010-09-28 Last updated: 2010-10-04Bibliographically approved

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