On 25 March, Wanshu Cong and Luis Eslava discussed the topic of global poverty in an online session of the Multidisciplinary Research Workshop "Envisioning the Global South(s)". The interview centred around Luis Eslava's book Broken Worlds: New Poverty, Law and Youth Violence.
Global poverty is increasingly experienced as living just above the poverty line. Although this rise in 'new poverty' can be witnessed worldwide, young people in conflict-ridden contexts, particularly in the Global South, are among its most obvious victims.
Broken Worlds: New Poverty, Law and Youth Violence uses ethnographic fieldwork undertaken over more than a decade in Colombia to engage with this changing nature of poverty in the 21st century. Bringing together insights from anthropology, history, political economy and legal theory, it offers a novel reading of this relationship between 'new poverty', youth and violence in the South, and in the increasing number of 'Souths' now emerging in the developed world. Broken Worlds points to the pressures placed on both institutions and individuals by the ground operation of today’s global economic order and its radical decoupling of growth and global life.
The recording of the event is now available on the Max Weber Programme's YouTube Channel.