Children's Literature"The New Global Society" series, according to the foreword, is intended for high school students. Disney's dancing-doll lyrics "it's a small world, after all" are becoming more apt over time, so these books are meant to help youth understand, discuss, and find answers to questions raised by globalization. Yet the introduction to the series claims the books are for lay people. Young adults might find the material somewhat advanced: This book asks whether globalization exacerbates or relieves worldwide poverty but understandably provides no simple answer. The United Nation's global agenda to "Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger" by 2015 defines poverty as based on income. Although some countries are on track for eradication of poverty, globally there are still 1.2 billion extremely impoverished people living on less than $1 a day. Other classifications of poverty include: (1) inability to reach a level of human capability; (2) social exclusion; and (3) definitions provided by the poor themselves. Poverty as defined within countries depends upon differing standards of living. The most heated debate is between intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), such as the UN, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). NGOs claim that the IGOs are tools of rich Western nations and corporations that actually exploit poorer countries' labor and resources. Chapters describe various forms of poverty in their particular regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the developed countries. Charts, maps, photos, a glossary, notes, a bibliography, and an index are included. There are editing oversights, and a map of the sub-Saharan region would be helpful. 2006, Chelsea House Publishers,Ages 15 up.
Carol Raker Collins, Ph.D.