Academic journal article Social Development Issues

Editor's Note

Academic journal article Social Development Issues

Editor's Note

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This issue presents a number of articles on vulnerable populations. Gopinath and Nair examine the spatiotemporal aspects of poverty. They examine several key characteristics of poverty from a relational/dynamic perspective. At the methodological level they develop a participatory concept mapping program that extends to an innovative analysis of data obtained from several respondents of a survey conducted in Kerala, India. Their results offer an understanding of the spatiotemporal pathways to well-being from the point of view of poor individuals and families. Their methods also empower the poor to be aware of the possibilities and constraints of the context in which they are grounded.

Al Gharaibeh provides a lucid narrative on the status of women in societies of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The overall status of women in the GCC countries is examined along several indicators such as health, education, and political participation. At every level of these indicators, women in the GCC do not possess the capacity and power required to muster resources needed to improve their well-being.

Although there exists an abundance of literature on women's reproductive health in India, much of it is conceptual, lacking empirical support. In this regard, Wei's study makes a significant contribution to the growing empirical literature on women's reproductive health in India. She proposes a model in which autonomy and level of accessibility to resources within the household are the two theoretically important proximate determinants of reproductive health. She contends that the two proximate determinants are influenced by two background variables, social capital and spousal communication. She provides empirical support for the hypothesized model using data from one of the largest Indian social surveys, The India Human Development Survey I (IHDS-I 2004-2005). Her results call for policies and programs to strengthen current programs of women's empowerment and women's status in India to ensure women of one of their fundamental reproductive rights, reproductive health.

The extent of child poverty is one of the common indicators of social development at the national level. …

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