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Author Milton, Cynthia E.

Title The many meanings of poverty : colonialism, social compacts, and assistance in eighteenth-century Ecuador / Cynthia E. Milton.

Published Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2007.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  362.50986613 MILT    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxi, 356 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [325]-347) and index.
Contents Introduction : colonialism, social compacts, and the taxonomy of poverty -- Pt. 1. The city and people of Quito -- 1. The city of Quito -- 2. Living on the edge : survival strategies of the urban poor -- Pt. 2. Society of compacts : the social poor -- 3. Defining the "solemn poor" : wordplay and petitions of poverty in colonial Quito, 1678-1782 -- 4. Prostrate before the feet of the king : widows, widowhood, pensions, and colonial compacts -- Pt. 3. Society of compacts : the economic poor -- 5. Children on the fringe of empire : the limits and uses of juvenile welfare -- 6. Putting the colonial (poor) house in order : the wretched poor and the Bourbon state -- Pt. 4. When societies meet : the blurring of social compacts -- 7. Shifting compacts of the traditional poor : widows as Viudas and as Pobres -- 8. The broadening and narrowing of the solemn poor : poor spaniards, the wretched, and collapsing privileges, 1783-1800 -- Conclusion : the erosion of charity, boundaries, and colonial compacts.
Summary "The Many Meanings of Poverty analyzes the diverse understandings of poverty in a multiracial colonial society, eighteenth-century Quito. It shows that in a colonial world both a pauper and a landowner could lay claim to assistance as the "deserving poor" while the vast majority of the impoverished Andean population did not share the same avenues of poor relief."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Poverty -- Ecuador -- Quito -- History -- 18th century.
Poor -- Ecuador -- Quito -- History -- 18th century.
Economic assistance, Domestic -- Ecuador -- Quito -- History -- 18th century.
Indians of South America -- Ecuador -- History -- 18th century.
Ecuador -- History -- To 1809.
ISBN 9780804751780 (cloth : alk. paper)
0804751781 (cloth : alk. paper)