Metaphors of poverty: Paraconsistency, polycontextuality, health-disease and complexity

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It is not enough that a country be rich; it is also necessary that it does not be poor. The paraconsistent logic of richness and poverty supports the coexistence of both contradictory states and different contexts for the same phenomenon, due to which it is not enough to guarantee the existence of one of them, it is necessary to ensure the absence of the other. Besides, poverty includes metaphorical narratives, which may be missed on poverty reduction strategic policies. These narratives are complex systems, health and socio-economic development; all of them include paraconsistency and polycontexturality. The relationship among global economy, social change and poverty indicators prove the existence of multi-levels, where it is not possible to rely on just one strategy. Thus, it is a system with complex features that continuously adapts through the many forms of social organization. Socio-economic structures mutate into a succession of models, and solutions and are always transient, because of their lack of consistency and coherence. The narrative of poverty related to health-disease has objective-subjective, positive-negative, normativist-individualistic and global-specific indicators. All of these indicators can coexist within a paraconsistent framework. Finally, monetary policies to stimulate economic growth and create wealth have an impact on complex-chaotic structures, resulting in a chaotic recurrence to previous states of development, instead of a cumulative-ordered growth. Thus, narratives of poverty are a complex web, which should guide reduction strategies, within the logic of paraconsistency, polycontexturality, health and complexity, and not in a linear manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPoverty
Subtitle of host publicationGlobal Challenges, Role of Inequality and Reduction Strategies
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781634823296
ISBN (Print)9781634823043
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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