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Class 13. Resources, Conflict and Inequality.docx

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Department
Sociology
Course
SOC1105
Professor
Liam Kilmurray
Semester
Fall

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Resources, Conflict & Inequality Main points - Theories of social movements suggest some key factors that help to explain how and why the global justice movement emerged when it did. Global economic changes and the advocacy of neo-liberal policies created widespread grievance and threats in both developed and developing nations Global Justice Movement - Latest incarnation of protest movements against inequality - 1990s- today, growing opposition to multi-nationalism, globalism, market economic, exploitation, economic and cultural imperialism - Chiapas, Nigeria, Seattle, Quebec, London, Paris National Inequalities - The wealth of the three most well-to-do individuals now exceeds the combined GDP of the 48 least developed countries - Richest 1% of the people in the world received as much as the bottom 7% - Today, 3 billion people live on less than $2 per day while 1.3 billion get by on less than $1 per day - 70% of those living on less than $1 per day are women - The world’s 225 richest people have a combined wealth of over $1 million billion - Only 4% of this wealth - $40 billion – would be enough for basic education and healthcare, adequate food and safe water …. Frequent Unemployment & Under-employment - Unemployment and under-employment persist - In the midst of record profits, certain large corporations still let workers go Working Conditions - Large corporations and companies, whether Western or not, have an appalling record of worker injuries and fatalities - Other workers occupy mentally debilitating jobs Seattle 1999 - World Trade organization meeting - Opposed by many groups - Anti-Globalization Movement Water Use - Triple
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