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Naming the problem

Miller, David and Hubbard, G. (2005) Naming the problem. In: Arguments against G8. Pluto Press. ISBN 9780745324203

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    Abstract

    Everyone, even the most die-hard defender of the established order recognizes that we face serious social and environmental problems. The news media regularly circulate the latest figures on the latest social problems. The country with the worst pollution, highest infant mortality, lowest life expectancy, epidemic rates of drug abuse, poverty, anti-social behaviour. But the mainstream media, popular debate and elite discussion treat these - at best- as a procession of seemingly unrelated and inexplicable facts and events. At worst the tendency is to suggest that whatever the problem - racism, obesity, unemployment, famine, war - that the people affected are in some way culpable. If in doubt, blame the victim. Either way, the context necessary to understand the problem and how it is caused is invariably missing. To paint in the context requires that we show how apparently isolated facts are linked causally to other social facts; that they are not so isolated after all.

    Item type: Book Section
    ID code: 1549
    Keywords: G8, globalization, international trade, human rights, capitalism, Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform , International law, Political science (General)
    Subjects: Social Sciences > Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
    Political Science > International law
    Political Science > Political science (General)
    Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Social Work and Social Policy > Sociology
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    Depositing user: Prof David Miller
    Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2006
    Last modified: 19 Jul 2013 10:12
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/1549

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