By Crain Soudien•
Ahead of the 25th commemoration of South Africa’s attainment of democracy, it is all the more important to address conceptual issues around poverty and inequality since we now hold the unflattering status as the most unequal country in the world.
The complexity of poverty and inequality in South Africa and the multiple factors behind it, across a range of structural and psychosocial dimensions of the social experience, require that we develop explanations which account for its durability and persistence. These explanations must make clear, firstly, the multiple facets and interrelationships of poverty and inequality, and, secondly, how, in their reach into the everyday experience of South Africans, they work.
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