Author Archives: Simon Reid-Henry

About Simon Reid-Henry

Simon Reid-Henry is reader in geography at Queen Mary, University of London and a senior researcher at the Peace Research Institute, Oslo. His most recent book, The Political Origins of Inequality: Why a More Equal World Is Better for Us All (Chicago, 2016), explores global scale inequality from a critical and historical perspective. He has written previously on the politics and intellectual history of development, humanitarianism, security, global health and, in his 2010 book, The Cuban Cure: Reason and Resistance in Global Science (Chicago, 2010), on political epistemologies of medical science.

From Welfare World to Global Poverty

The Challenge of World Poverty: A World Anti-Poverty Program in Outline Gunnar Myrdal New York: Pantheon Books, 1970 Eric Hobsbawm famously described the twentieth century, and lived it, as an Age of Extremes. Gunnar Myrdal, who lived that century no less than Hobsbawm, writing his first piece in 1919 and his last in 1984, offered a different perspective on the era. Where Hobsbawm painted a century of division and violence, wrought primarily between West and East, Myrdal’s was a century divided between the haves and Continue reading → Continue reading →