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Nova sessió Grup de Pensament Crític: Global Poverty and Inequality: Prospects for Development in the Anthropocene

Nova sessió Grup de Pensament Crític: Global Poverty and Inequality: Prospects for Development in the Anthropocene

Speaker: Dr. Jason Hickel, Goldsmiths, University of London and Royal Society of Arts

Date: Monday 27 May
Time: 16.30 - 18.00
Venue: 20.051.

21.05.2019

 

The conventional story of development resembles what Alexei Yurchak calls "hypernormalization" - an illusory narrative that people secretly know to be false and yet nonetheless embrace and reproduce, because the reality is too difficult to confront.  We insist that aid is working, that global inequality is declining and that poverty will soon be eradicated.  But 58% of the human population remains poor, while the real per capita income gap between the global North and South has nearly quadrupled since the end of colonialism.  How do we understand these divergent narratives?  What is driving trends in global poverty and inequality?  And what are the prospects for international development in the 21st century?



Dr. Jason Hickel is an anthropologist, author, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  He has taught at the London School of Economics, the University of Virginia, and Goldsmiths, University of London, where he convenes the MA in Anthropology and Cultural Politics.  He serves on the Labour Party task force on international development, works as Policy Director for /The Rules collective, and sits on the Executive Board of Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP). Jason's research focuses on global inequality, political economy, post-development, and ecological economics.  His most recent book, The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions, was published by Penguin Random House in 2017.

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