The food, fuel, and financial crises that started in 2008 reverberated throughout the global economy, causing job losses, poverty, and economic, financial, and political upheaval in countries all over the world.
The new book Living through Crises examines how the global crises affected the poorer, more vulnerable, powerless, and less visible populations in developing countries. This look at their realities and what they did to cope offers a unique lens into the experience of living through a new type of systemic shock wave that is globalized, contagious, and multifaceted.
Living through Crises:
How the Food, Fuel, and Financial Shocks Affect the Poor
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Living through Crises presents eight country case studies to illustrate how people in specific localities were affected by global shocks, which coping strategies they adopted, and which sources of support were available to them. The country studies relied on qualitative data collected from 2008-11, comprising one of the most comprehensive qualitative studies of crisis impacts and coping ever conducted in developing countries.
The book aims to assist development practitioners in understanding how large-scale economic crises affect people’s lives and, in so doing, to contribute to an anatomy of coping: knowledge of what vulnerability and resilience mean in relation to the new pattern of globalized crises and the role of public policy in protecting against risk. By showing the value of timely qualitative insights, Living through Crises should lead the way and inspire action by governments, policy makers, and researchers across the globe.
"Living through Crises shows what qualitative research can do," said Robert Chambers, a professor at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, which was involved in the crisis-monitoring work. "It reveals significant realities which otherwise would be little recognised or would pass unseen. This is illustrated by surprises which qualify or contradict common professional views of what happens in crises, who is affected how much, and how people respond.
"By showing the value of timely qualitative insights, this book should lead the way and inspire action by governments and researchers across the globe."