This week let’s use the crowdsource to discuss Goldsmith and Blakely’s (2010) chapter, “Top-down Economics and Bottom-up Politics” in their book, Separate Societies: Poverty and Inequality. We will use this crowdsource as a way to being making sense of this chapter together.
Specifically, the chapter presents three perspectives on the question, ‘Why does poverty exist?’. What are the various perspectives? Can you give examples to help explain these perspectives? Which perspective presents the most compelling argument for explaining poverty? How do these perspectives mesh with you own understandings of poverty?
Also consider: What other points in the chapter did you find interesting, intriguing, complicated or confusing? What do you have questions about?
Remember, this is a collective/group project, so you don’t need to respond to each of the prompts listed above – together we should respond to these questions. In that regard, you should read others comments and add to the conversation (not repeat a point someone already made). This may be responding to someone’s comment, or answering/trying to answer a question posed by another student, or questioning a point made by another student.
REMINDER: You are not posting to the blog for this assignment. You will include your thoughts and responses in the comments section of this post.
Comments due by 12noon, Sunday 2/5/17.
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