Why racialized poverty matters — and the way forward

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Poverty in many societies is racialized, with poverty concentrated among particular racial groups. This chapter aims to (1) provide a philosophical account of how racialized poverty can represent an unjust form of inequality and (2) suggest the general direction that policies aiming to reduce racialized poverty ought to take in light of this account. As a species of inequality, racialized poverty (whether absolute or relative) is not intrinsically morally objectionable. However, it can be extrinsically objectionable because it stems from past or current racial injustice, undermines the value specific goods have to the impoverished, or contributes to objectionable deficiencies in impoverished groups’ political efficacy. Racialized poverty is strongly intergenerational, tending to replicate itself between generations within racial groups. This suggests that approaches to its alleviation that offer income security to all members of those groups, rather than targeted opportunity to subsets of such groups, are both more just and more effective. In particular, societies with racialized poverty should strongly consider policies such as income guarantees, which act to counteract the income volatility that contributes to intergenerational racial poverty, as well as reforms to inheritance law.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Philosophy and Poverty
EditorsGottfried Schweiger, Clemens Sedmak
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781003162926
ISBN (Print)9780367750992
Publication statusPublished - 24 Oct 2023


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