chapter  10
Conclusion: Challenging the Divided World
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Globalization is a fact of contemporary life. People across the globe are connected by flows of information, finance, goods and services and through friends, relations and travel. Contemporary information and communication technologies have transformed many people’s lives in positive ways and have the potential for transforming many more but the adherence to neo-liberal policies has undermined economic and social reproduction throughout the world and threatens social sustainability. People in different places are increasingly connected, but their life chances vary profoundly and divisions between the richest and poorest countries are growing. Overall there has been an increase in social wealth but the poorest countries have become poorer, so despite the potential of new technologies, the current model of globalization has reinforced geographically uneven patterns of development.