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Type Journal Article - World Development
Title Methodological Innovations in Research on the Dynamics of Poverty: A Longitudinal Study in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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Volume 35
Issue 2
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2007
Page numbers 247-263
URL https://www.trentu.ca/ids/documents/Q2_WP6_Adato.et.al.pdf
Abstract
This article presents the qualitative methodology used in a mixed methods longitudinal study of poverty dynamics in KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa. The study opened up the definition of “the household,” and developed an innovative participatory method called “household events mapping,” using family trees, visual family histories, and detailed stories to trace and explain changes in household poverty status over time. These methods stimulated recall, uncovered meanings, ambiguities, and under-reporting in survey data, and led to more nuanced information about the dynamics of poverty. The article is reflexive on the research process, emphasizing the importance of giving back to research communities in longitudinal research.

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