Karl Polanyi's Theory Of Mortal Neglect

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Anastasiya Trachenko
Professor Postero
20 October 2015
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1. Mortal neglect refers to the idea of neglecting a child until death strikes. In Brazil’s culture, it was actually accepted to neglect the needs of one’s baby if the child were to be born ill and weak. As shocking as it may sound to someone coming from our culture, it was thought of to be God’s plan for the mother to neglect the child in order to help it pass away. The ill babies are seen as angels who want to die so the mother is simply helping them by not taking their lives into her hands. It is believed that if the child dies, it simply did not have the will to survive. The mothers are not to blame for this mortal neglect because in their culture they are just helping with
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The Double Movement is Karl Polanyi 's theory of a couple of economical processes in modern history. The first “movement” is markedly different from all the others with its own characteristics. The second “movement” is the reaction and conflict with the first movement. Polanyi basically believed that there was constant creation of different markets and then changes resulting in the destruction or creation of new markets. (Polanyi 99-103)
5. The West vs. the Rest- “The West” is a term that is given to more advanced cultures such as ours. These cultures can be described as moral, civilized, industrial, developed, and educated. On the contrary, “The Rest” is a term that is given to less advanced cultures such as the poor countries in Asia. These cultures can be described as primitive, immoral, savage, underdeveloped, and uneducated. “The Rest vs. The Rest” is of great significance in our class due to it being greatly involved with the term “discourse.” (Hall 207)
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With the rise of development, capitalism, and colonialism, the structures for different economies/colonies and colonial powers were created. In addition to those three elements, the formation of labor regimes that were established throughout colonialism also aided in creating the structure of their economy. While labor regimes heavily relied on slavery and the hardships of servants and poor individuals, the mobilization and organization of workers were based mainly on economic coercion. Sadly, those individuals were practically forced into the labor regimes due to the lack of free will. The effects of this political and economic structure caused industrialization to increase dramatically as a result from the integration of the international economy.(Hall 197) This rise of industrialization led to poverty for many labor regimes because labor and raw materials were being needed less than before, therefore not needing the work of the labor regimes as much. The labor regimes set standards and stereotypes of how poor and “underdeveloped” cultures appear to be. With the new international economy there was also a rise in development of simpler and more convenient transportation (such as ports and railroads) and a rapidly advancing society and economy. Due to the influence of this new idea of colonialism, many colonies upgraded their lifestyles and new

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