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Globalization and the Mismeasurement of Poverty – Presentation by Jim Glassman

Perspectives developed by economic geographers on the complex heterogeneity of global economic space have largely been missing from broader debates about globalization, poverty, and inequality.  Glassman argues that taking the heterogeneity of global economic space seriously poses insuperable barriers to the employment of a meaningful and non-redundant concept of income poverty.  Recognition of this result encourages more appropriate and relevant ways of examining poverty that pay adequate attention to the heterogeneous contexts in which people’s sense of the adequacy or inadequacy of their standards of living are formed.
Organized by the Global Cultures group of Quadrant and offered in conjunction with the Geography Coffee Hour.

This talk is also available as an audio download (.mp3 – 55.1 MB) or as a video podcast (.m4v – 287.8 MB).

Jim Glassman is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia. His research focusses on industrial transformation, transformation of labor, urbanization, and social struggle around these processes, in countries of the Global South, particularly in East and Southeast Asia. He works to further the development of meso-level concepts in Marxist and neo-Marxist development theory.

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