NO NONSENSE GUIDE TO WORLD POVERTY (No-Nonsense Guides) - Softcover
The world is wealthier than ever, yet the gap between rich and poor is getting bigger. Jeremy Seabrook summarises his celebrated work on the meaning of povertym, drawing on the experience of poor people in both rich and poor societies. He concludes that the opposite of poverty is not wealth but sufficiency. the relatively poor majority of the world's people do not aim to be rich but to be safe. Economic growth will never overcome the problems that it is largely responsible for creating. This is a call for radical thinking about the way we live.
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"Having a lifelong interest in human rights issues and having read many articles about poverty I was shocked to learn - when reading this book - that many of my basic concepts about poverty - my understanding of poverty were totally wrong. Jeremy argues that the consumerist culture that pervades the whole planet now - its "unlimited demand for limited resources", the desire to "have-what-I-want" rather than "live-on-what-I-need" attitude - these are the root causes of poverty. Organisations like the IMF and World Bank - these are helping to cause more poverty than alleviate it. The belief that the endless pursuit of money will "raise everyones level" simply is not true. This is an extremely important book for anyone who wishes to understand the real root causes of poverty. A must read." Amazon Customer Review (5 star)
This guide questions conventional thinking about wealth and poverty - is the opposite of poverty really wealth, or is it safety and sufficiency? Drawing on experience of poor people all over the world, the author gives voice to those whose views are rarely sought and shows how we all need to live more modestly to make poverty history. The author reveals that poverty is everywhere, not just in poor countries. It's just that the West hides its poor better.
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- PublisherNEW INTERNATIONALIST
- Publication date2007
- ISBN 10 1904456669
- ISBN 13 9781904456667
- Number of pages144