The book assigned to this group is Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo. The author is a white American woman who lived in Mumbai with her husband, an Indian who had a job in the city. The book describes a present-day slum in Mumbai, India, named Annawadi, and located near the airport. It follows the interconnected lives of several residents, including a young trash picker, a female "slumlord," and a college student.
Blog Prompts for this Topic
11/13: Think about the theme assigned to your group. Answer the following questions for your first blog post.
11/25: Update on your progress and your thoughts about the topic. What new information have you learned about your topic?
12/04: Share the new understanding/knowledge you have gained in your recent reading research and the progress on your question responses.
12/10: Answer the following prompts.
Content Reading (11/25)
Poverty pages 6-13
Essential Questions to Answer:
Each of these topics are so vast it is impossible to cover all aspects in this course. However, you should be able to answer the following questions to demonstrate progress towards understanding this topic. You will need complete an annotated bibliography for each question's answer using at least three sources for your information. This information will be utilized in the written responses to each question. Further instructions will be provided on Echo.
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This documentary by Alex Gibney was released in 2012. It presents the gap between rich and poor Americans. Gibney argues that America’s richest citizens have created unprecedented inequality in the United States. Park Avenue in Manhattan is currently home to the highest concentration of billionaires in the country. Across the river, less than five miles away, Park Avenue runs through the South Bronx, home to the poorest congressional district in the United States.
Watch this Video on Defining Poverty (11/18)
Perspectives on Poverty (11/24)