Overwhelmed and immobilized: Raising the consciousness of privileged young adults about world hunger and poverty

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Publication Title Overwhelmed and immobilized: Raising the consciousness of privileged young adults about world hunger and poverty
Description In this study, I compared the shifts in worldview of affluent young adults participating in a course on social justice issues to a control group of similar young adults. In this course, participating students learned about the size, scope, causes, and impact of world hunger and global poverty. However, an analysis of pre- and postsurvey data revealed that the young adults participating in the social justice course experienced a decline over the course of the semester in their support for humanitarian aid in comparison to the control group. Interviews with these young adults, and analyses of their student work, revealed that the manner in which they learned about world hunger and poverty led them to become overwhelmed by the size and scope of these global problems and convinced of their intractability.
Publication Year 2009
Publication Author Scott Seider
Publication Type Journal Article
Publisher International Studies Perspectives
Major Funders
Publication Link http://people.bu.edu/seider/Overwhelmed%20and%20Immobilized%20Final%20Proofs.pdf