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Economic Polarization -- Research Starters Sociology

By: Wagner, Geraldine;

2009 / EBSCO


This article discusses globalization, global poverty, the resulting global systems of stratification, and their relationship to economic polarization. The article defines globalization, global stratification, economic polarization and some factors that may cause it such as neocolonialism, using sociological perspectives including the Modernization, Dependency, and International Division of Labor theories. It goes on to discuss global distribution of wealth, and provides some examples of how economic polarization affects people in several different countries from Mexico to China.