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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? Seabrook reveals that poverty is everywhere, not just in poor countries. It’s just the West hides its poor better.

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.

  1. The invisible poor
  2. Measuring poverty
  3. Defining poverty
  4. The mechanisms of impoverishment
  5. Wealth and poverty
  6. Rescuing self-reliance

About the Author: 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.

Read Jeremy Seabrook’s New Internationalist blog post about The No-Nonsense Guide to World Poverty.

Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 180 x 110mm
Page extent: 144 pages
Publication date: October 2007 (UK), November 2007 (US)
ISBN-13: 978-1-904456-66-7

Date added: July 27, 2010

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