No-nonsense Guide to World Poverty (No-Nonsense Guides)

No-nonsense Guide to World Poverty (No-Nonsense Guides)

by JeremySeabrook (Author)

Synopsis

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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Format: Paperback
Pages: 144
Publisher: New Internationalist Publications Ltd
Published: 06 Sep 2007

ISBN 10: 1904456669
ISBN 13: 9781904456667

Media Reviews
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)
Author Bio
Jeremy Seabrook has written more than 30 books (including Travels in the Skin Trade, and Children of Other Worlds), and has worked as a teacher, social worker, journalist, lecturer and playwright. He has contributed to many magazines, including the New Statesman and the Ecologist.