Teachers’ attitudes towards worldwide economic inequality

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Teachers’ attitudes towards worldwide economic inequality

In this Thinkpiece, Anna Barford adresses the following questions:
(1) is inequality more or less acceptable if you are relatively poor? And,
(2) what arguments are used to justify or challenge inequality?

Anna reports on the overlaps and differences in attitudes towards inequality in Kenya, Mexico and the UK. Despite these three countries being differently positioned in the world economic structure, there are surprising similarities in the teachers’ arguments that implicitly support inequality. However, when teachers argued against inequality, stronger and more politicised critiques came from Mexico and Kenya. This may be due to the differences in how inequality is experienced. The thinkpiece will be of interest those who work on global issues of development and justice with UK teachers.

Anna Barford has recently completed her PhD in Human Geography at the University of Sheffield . Her research investigates attitudes of teachers in Kenya, Mexico and the UK towards international inequalities. She also uses attitude survey data to analyse attitudes of the general public in 44 countries. Prior to undertaking this research, Anna was part of the worldmapper project , and this led to the publication of The Atlas of the Real World: mapping the way we live . She has worked as a researcher at the World Health Organisation, The Equality Trust, and the BBC.