Early in human history, when nations began to form and humanity entered the age of exploration and colonization, religious wars were largely supplanted by ethnic conflict. Like the earlier post on global inequality, colonialism is a major player in contemporary ethnic conflict and inequality. Img source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Atlas_of_colonialism Ethnic Conflict Colonial rule cared little for differences or … Continue reading Global Ethnic Conflict and Inequality
Global poverty and inequality has been a topic of debate for decades. Commentators note the devastating effects of extreme poverty on health, human development, life expectancy, and more. The United Nations set "eradicate extreme poverty and hunger" as a Millennium Development Goal with the intent to: Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people … Continue reading Global Poverty and the Legacy of Colonialism
Social problems are general conditions in society that are harmful to a significant number of people. Social practices facilitated by power structures create, perpetuate, reinforce, or resolve economic, social, cultural, or environmental harms. As social problems often are felt most keenly by disadvantaged groups, powerful groups may not even be aware that a problem exists. … Continue reading What are social problems?