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IDS Bulletin 37.4

Vulnerability, Coping and Policy (Editorial Introduction)

Published on 1 October 2006

‘Vulnerable’ and ‘vulnerability’ are common terms in the lexicon of development, but their use is often vague. They serve as convenient substitutes for ‘poor’ and ‘poverty’, and allow planners and other professionals to restrain the overuse of those words.

Some precision can be found in the use of ‘vulnerable groups’ where this refers to pregnant and lactating women, to children, or to disadvantaged communities such as scheduled castes and scheduled tribes in India. More often, though, vulnerable is used simply as a synonym for poor.

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Chambers, R. (2006) Vulnerability, Coping and Policy (Editorial Introduction). IDS Bulletin 37(4): 33-40

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Robert Chambers

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Chambers, Robert
journal
IDS Bulletin, volume 37, issue 4
doi
10.1111/j.1759-5436.2006.tb00284.x
language
English

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