Not Being A Transferable Concept From North South Lee South Essay

1646 Words Dec 20th, 2016 7 Pages
In spite of this, SE has been criticized as not being a transferable concept from North to South. The original notion of SE came from the French national social solidarity movement (Haan and Maxwell, 1998; Silver, 1994), yet can this model be applied to Nigeria where ethnic groupings such as Igbo, Yoruba, or Hausa, come before national identity? The ‘social bond’ (Haan and Maxwell, 1998: 2) at its heart, was to the people of the land, but globally, proximal communities can be greatly marginalized from each other. Nevertheless, SE acknowledges that North and South have a similar, comparable issue (Haan and Maxwell, 1998; Gore and Figueiredo, 1997). Using SE to define poverty can tackle the white saviour complex that exists in the poverty discussion. ‘Americans and Europeans will one day realise they are not the saviours of the rest’ (Easterly 2006 :318), and that we can learn from each other on this matter. Using SE as a measure of poverty would put 26% of the UK population in poverty (Gordon, et al. 2003: 19).

Yet, much of the SE analysis has been on the impact of exclusion from the formal job market, therefore recommendations made from these studies cannot be transferred to the large group of informal sector workers (Haan and Maxwell, 1998; Wilkinson), which make up a large majority of the workers in the South, where much of the burden of poverty exists. This illustrates a potential downside to using SE for both North and South, as it means a ‘standardised’ northern…

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