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Posted on: February 12, 2015

'Poverty' by Paul Downey is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Poverty‘ by Paul Downey is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

The pre-access students are doing an essay on whether rich countries should financially help less wealthy nations.

We have a number of books with data and information pertinent to this question looking at poverty and social inequality. Here are some interesting points from some of the eresources you have access to at Hillcroft:

“One line of inequality has been narrowing and there is every reason to expect it to continue to do so: the old idea of a sharp division in the world between rich countries and poor countries no longer holds in the same form. The contrasts are now more subtle, as other lines of inequality are getting broader.” (Smith 2013 p. 36) from Dawsonera ebook State of the World Atlas.

“Since the late 1980s with the collapse of communism the term ‘Third World’ is still used but it remains to be seen for how long. These societies can be regarded as ‘super-poor’. As a concept ‘super-poor’ can be said to unite not just countries sharing common conditions, but disparate groups in several societies. Thus many women in Third World societies can be said to be ‘super-poor’.” (Marsh 2006 p. 434) from Dawsonera ebook Sociology: making sense of society.

The world stats mean that “the richest 85 people have as much as the poorest 3.5 billion.” (BBC News 2015) from article A richer world…but for whom?

You may also want to watch this video on Ending Poverty on Bibblio.org. Search Bibblio for more short and informative pieces to help you become more familiar with the topic and create an essay focus.

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