Global Poor in Globalization: Positioning the poor in “Revolt of the Rich” (Paper)

  • Vishal Shrivastava
  • June 7, 2017

Abstract :

Hegel’s master slave dialectic provides that there has to be an asymmetry of power between the master and slave and these inequalities of power prevent the people from equal sharing of opportunities. These unequal sharing opportunities create a gap between the rich and poor. 

Globalization encourages the ‘masters’ through tools of economics and politics to exploit the market opportunities resulting in inequality between economies which affect directly to the ‘slaves’ as they become the ladder through which globalization reaches new heights. In recent times as the gap between rich and poor increases, new definitions of the poor has to be defined because statistical information based on income of a person cannot be the basis to determine a poor as it does not ensure that a person earning above that poverty line is living a just life in a society which is unequal and where the asymmetry of power generate a certain kind of brutality towards poor. Poverty is a multidimensional phenomenon and it has to be addressed in the same manner. 

This paper analyses the evolution of the term ‘poor’ and the need to understand the new spaces in which poor delves for globalization to emerge using poverty as a tool to exploit poor. The revolt of the rich has been to exploit the poor and the revolt of the poor has always been undermined by citing economic benefits, the paper tries to understand that revolt. The paper will try to find the spaces in which these poor people reside and how those sites are used as a site of globalization.