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Poverty not only a matter of material deprivation

FILM ABOUT RESEARCH Many perceive poverty as only a matter of material deprivation, to not have a roof over your head or enough food for the day. But in Sweden, that type of material deprivation is extremely rare today, shows the annual Level-of-Living Survey (LNU).


– In rich countries such as Sweden, researchers tend to perceive poverty in a different light. We look at the standard of living. What resources do people need to be able to participate in society on the same terms as others? What resources does one need to be able to shape and steer life in the direction that they want? It does not necessarily have to be economical resources. It can be knowledge, to feel safe and secure or to have psychological or physical capacity, says Carina Mood, Professor of Sociology at Stockholm University, who conducts research on poverty, inequality, and integration.

Sustainable Development Goal 1: No poverty

Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality.

The film is included in a series of films about research at Stockholm University connected to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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