Poverty and Inequality
As we have studied in previous units, there are benefits that globalization can bring to the world. It can bring awareness to human rights violations and work to end them. It can improve the economy of developing nations. It can make information and education more accessible to more people, particularly in developing countries. However, this process brings negative consequences as well. Does globalization have to have these negative consequences? Could these be changed or reversed? As you read through the articles this week, think about how you feel about these questions and concepts.
Read the following two brief articles regarding poverty and inequality in the world:
Then, read the interview with Dr. Vandana Shiva, of India, the author of Soil Not Oil: Justice in An Age of Climate Crisis:
Here is a summary of the reading:
- The gap between the rich and the poor is growing wider
- Economic aid is linked to economic control
- Popular media is linked to economic power
- Concerns over sustainability, food production and availability, and equality
You are not required to read or view the resources included here. However, you can find new ideas and/or questions raised to enhance your discussion posts and written assignments.
Video - Inequality Production and Consumption
Films Media Group. (2017). Inequality Production and Consumption. [Video File.] Films on Demand. Retrieved from: https://fod.infobase.com/p_ViewPlaylist.aspx?AssignmentID=U2LDB9
Closed Captioning or a Transcript is available for the video.