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Posted November 27, 2012 at 4:59 AM via iOS

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Why has globalization in tthe book "Behind the Beautiful Forevers" mostly failed to lift the Annawadi people out of poverty?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 27, 2012 at 11:31 AM (Answer #1)

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Boo's work details how globalization can be easily subverted by efforts of corruption in order to ensure that the people most in need do not receive much in way of its benefits.  The individuals in Boo's work do not possess much in way of political power or economic power.  In order for globalization to work, it has to have a profound "trickle down" effect.  This is a system in which there are so many opportunities for individuals to subvert the system, a point in which Boo makes:

Instead, powerless individuals blamed other powerless individuals for what they lacked. Sometimes they tried to destroy one another. Sometimes, like Fatima, they destroyed themselves in the process.

The rising cost of living, the profundity of wealth for some and the dearth of it for others, as well as the corruption that enables this system to continue is what Boo attributes in terms of individuals blaming one another.  It is here where Boo is able to make clear that globalization might not be able to fully address or help individuals who are the most dire need of its help.

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