Wealth Visualised

Sarah Best

19th March 2018

When the topic of wealth is discussed in the media or in Sociology, statistics are usually provided in the form of quantitative data that helps us to easily compare different countries with one another.

Although quantitative data is an excellent way to help make comparisons, does it always provide a true and accurate reflection of reality? In other words, can qualitative data help provide us with some context for those statistics?

The following video produced by TED explores the topic of wealth using data visualisation. One researcher sent a number of photographers to take images of people’s lives in different countries, from the beds in their home to what toys they have.

The video and its contents could be useful for Research Methods, Global Development, Work, Welfare and Poverty and Culture and Identity. 

Sarah Best

Sarah is a passionate full-time Head of Sociology and Psychology and has worked in a variety in schools in the UK, and she is currently working in a British international school. She is keen to develop and boost the profile of both subjects.

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