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Beyond Economist's Framework

Though Rajat Acharyya and Sugata Marjit take as their theme 'Globalisation and Inequality: An Analytical Perspective' (September 23), their focus on the wage gap compared across narrowly defined criteria of skill, education and employment reinscribes the most exploitative aspects of globalisation, namely, the requirement that everyone's value be measured according to 'the market'.

Their analysis excludes those self-reliant, largely unmonetised or non-monetised, natural resource based communities – farmers, fishworkers, tribals and indigenous people – whose riches are not comprehensible in the economist's frameworks. Their analysis ignores the process by which people are forced into the global economy, not to consume but to be consumed.

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