A summary of The End of Poverty Chapter Eight – The Voiceless Dying: Africa and Disease

A summary of The End of Poverty Chapter Eight – The Voiceless Dying: Africa and Disease I’ve just finished re-reading this – It mainly focusses on how Malaria and AIDs have prevented development in Sub-Saharan Africa and what can be done about it – basically a precursor to the establishment of the Millennium Development Goals. […]

TTIP – Putting Profit before People

The government is about to sign up to a treaty which will would allow companies like Sports Direct (just a random example) to sue a future government for increasing the minimum wage, if introducing such a policy damaged corporate profits. The treaty’s called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – And it’s seems to be […]

Summary of Liquid Modernity Chapter Five – Community

Bauman starts of the chapter summarising the liberal-communitarian debate about the relationship beetween the individual and society. He reminds us that the individual according to the likes of Kant, Descartes and Baccon, could come to truth by using pure reason, and that all individuals if just left alone from the distortions of community would arive […]

C.V. building – another individualised ‘solution’ to systemic contradictions

As part of our college tutorial programme I was recently required to show my students this ‘monster guide to writing a C.V.’ ; I’ve been reading way to much Bauman recently to not subject this to some Baumanesque analysis, and from this perspective, writing a C.V. appears as a strategy for ‘middling people’ to avoid […]

The World Wealth Report 2013

  The World Wealth Report reports on trends in the wealth of HNWIs – Or High Net Wealth Individuals. These are individuals with $1million or more in investable assets. You have to sign up to be able to download the report, but its free. (Thankyee for the crust kind sirs, doffs cap…)  Between 2011-12, the […]

Andrew McAfee – The Future of Jobs (summary)

In this TED video, Andrew McAfee makes some predictions about the future of jobs.   His overarching prediction is that very soon, technological advancements will result in fewer people doing jobs in the following sectors. • Driving • Customer server reps and trouble shooters • People working in warehouses. He does point out that people […]

UK Tourism – Suggests globalisation is exaggerated?

  According to World Bank data, more people visit abroad from the UK than from any other country other than China.   The thing is, we don’t tend to travel that far from home!   According the ONS 2012 Travel Trends the number of visits abroad by UK residents was 56.5 million, broadly equivalent to one […]

Tourism Departures – An Indication of the Rise of the BRIC Nations?

I just knocked up this graph using World Bank data on tourism departures between 2003 – 2011 (which is very easy to do btw!)   International tourism, number of departures Data from World Bank   It’s a nice illustration of the relative increase in the spending power of (some) people in the four BRIC nations […]

Perspectives on the April 2013 Bangladesh Factory Collapse

The recent factory collapse in Bangladesh in which over 1100 workers died makes this the second worst industrial accident in world history – after the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal, India. For Sociology students studying Global Development this is a good example that seems to offer broad support for the continued relevance of dependency theory. One article […]