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This book examines the underlying assumptions and implications of how we conceptualise and investigate poverty The empirical entry point for such inuiry is a series of research initiatives that have used mixed method combined ualitative and uantitative or Suared approaches to poverty analysis The literature highlights the vast range of analytical tools within the social sciences that may be used to understand and explain social phenomena along with interesting research results This literature serves as a lens to probe issues.
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Lied issues about the strengths and limitations of different research methods and the ways they may be fruitfully combined Together the strands of this inuiry make a case for methodological pluralism on the grounds that knowledge is partial empirical adjudication imperfect social phenomena complex and mixed methods add value for understanding and explanation Ultimately the goals of understanding and explanation are best served if research uestions dictate the choice of methodological approach rather than the other way around..
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About knowledge claims made in poverty debates concerning who are the poor identification analysis and why they are poor causal analysis Implicitly or explicitly uestions are raised about the reasons for emphasising different dimensions of poverty and favouring different units of knowledge the basis for distinguishing valid and invalid claims the meaning of causation and the nature of causal inference and so forth provides an entry point to address foundational issues about assumptions underlying approaches to poverty and app.