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Title Globalization, inequality, and the commodification of life and well-being / edited by Mammo Muchie and Li Xing
Edition 1st ed
Published London : Adonis & Abbey, 2006
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Summary Wealth and money, which are meant to be sources of human happiness and facilitators of good social relations has instead become a monstrosity beyond human control. The unbridled quest to make money and accumulate wealth as well as assign social signification on the basis of the outcome of individuals' efforts in the process has ended up distorting existence and the meaning of being human itself. This work brings together a collection of very provocative and challenging articles that confront the problems created by wealth. Can there be happiness when wealth is increasingly concentrated in fewer and fewer hands? Can wealth really bring happiness? And what are the implications of the current trend to commodify everything for the project of human happiness? The contributors to the volume argue that there is a need to change wealth accumulation and its core purpose. They contend that from wealth accumulation the gear must change to wealth alleviation, because the ways the rich become wealthy often correlate with the ways the number of the poor increase. Following from this, they argue that rather than the current focus on poverty alleviation, the focus should shift to wealth alleviation because a happy future for all lies in promoting human well-being and removing human ill-being through the spring wells of solidarity and humanity
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Distribution (Economic theory)
Wealth -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Welfare economics.
Distribution (Economic theory)
Wealth -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Welfare economics.
Form Electronic book
Author Muchie, Mammo.
Xing, Li.
ISBN 1282030833
9781282030831
Other Titles Globalisation, inequalities, and the commodification of life and well-being