Reports, following the UN’s 1996 ‘Human Development Report’, that the world’s poorest 1.6 billion people (one‐third of the world’s population) are growing poorer. Indicates two major lines of argument: first, that the more that resource distribution and development are left to market forces, the more resources will flow to the richer few; and, second, that it is totally impossible for Third World people to rise to the living standards typical of rich countries. Closes by investigating Ladakh — a region near Tibet — a place that is completely without modern technology, with a GNP of almost nothing which is a complex, culturally rich, and admirable society that has much to teach affluent societies about civility, humanity, community, social justice and ecological sustainability.
Trainer, T. (2000), "What does development mean? Arejection of the undimensional conception", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 20 No. 5/6, pp. 95-113. https://doi.org/10.1108/01443330010789197
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