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Mother Teresa: Mirror of Bourgeois Guilt

Vijay Prashad
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 32, No. 44/45 (Nov. 8-14, 1997), pp. 2856-2858
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4406036
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Abstract

For Mother Teresa poverty is the condition of saintliness. Poverty, then, ceases to be bad and instead becomes something to be celebrated. The poor can be treated with condescension as those who will redeem the world by their acceptance of charity. Such an approach becomes a part of a global enterprise for the alleviation of bourgeois guilt rather than a genuine challenge to those forces that produce and maintain poverty.

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