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The Divide

Nonfiction: History
Unabridged   10.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 02/13/2018

The Divide

Global Inequality from Conquest to Free Markets

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684410286
Digital Download ISBN:9781684410293


A provocative and timely myth buster that exposes the hidden machinations behind five centuries of global poverty and inequality.

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Sixty percent of humanity―some 4.3 billion people―live in debilitating poverty. The standard development narrative suggests that alleviating poverty in poor countries is a matter of getting the internal policies right, combined with aid from rich countries. But anthropologist Jason Hickel argues that this approach misses the broader political forces at play. Global poverty―and the growing divide between "developing" and "developed" countries―has to do with how the global economy has been designed over the course of five hundred years through conquest, colonialism, regime change, debt, and trade deals. Global inequality doesn’t just exist; it has been created.

To close the divide, Dr. Hickel proposes dramatic action rooted in real justice: we must abolish debt burdens in the developing world; democratize the IMF, World Bank, and WTO; and institute a global minimum wage, among many other vital steps. Only then will we have a chance at a world built on equal footing.


"[P]enetratingly explores those forces that perpetuate global inequality and shreds the notion that the fissure between rich and poor is anything other than intentional." —Publishers Weekly

“Sharply argued. . . . Sure to distress the neoliberals in the audience but a powerful case for reform in the cause of economic justice.” —Kirkus

"An evolutionary leap in our understanding of inequality and poverty. [The Divide] should be required reading for anyone hoping to realize a better world." —Alnoor Ladha, Greenpeace

"With passion and panache, Jason Hickel tells a very different story of why poverty exists, what progress is, and who we are. The Divide is myth busting at its best." —Danny Dorling, author of Inequality and the 1%

"The Divide is exceptional, necessary, and essential…Written in a captivating and easy-to-read style, this book must become the standard text for everyone studying, working, or interested in development." —Firoze Manji, editor of African Awakening: The Emerging Revolutions

Author Bio

Jason Hickel is an award-winning professor of anthropology at the London School of Economics. His research focuses on globalization, development, and political economy, and he writes regularly for the Guardian, Al Jazeera, and other online outlets. He lives in London.