Wealth, Poverty and Identity
LAS 144 - Wealth, Poverty and Identity3 hours To what extent is who you are determined by what you have? This seminar will examine the connections between material affluence and identity. We will develop working definitions of wealth and poverty, and through the examination of a variety of texts we will study the many ways that conceptions of identity are influenced by being rich or being poor. We will also discuss the environmental implications of materially determined identity, and we will consider not only American wealth and poverty, but also the extreme poverty and income inequality that exist in developing countries throughout the world.