Chapter 11: Toddlers and Tango

Today was quite an eventful day with a trip to Conin, a community center for mothers and their kids, as well as a tango lesson in Buenos Aires. Our first stop, the community center, served as a way for mothers to learn how to take care of their children and teach the mother how to provide their children with the love that some of them never received from their parents. The center serves around 70 children with their mothers and also serves as a prevention method to reduce malnutrition among the younger population in this El Tigre community. After our time with the kids and helping out around the center we headed to lunch in downtown Buenos Aires which was followed by none other than out tango lesson at Tango Folklore, a popular tango bar that performs weekly shows to occupants. An eventful lesson to say the least thanks to my partner Brendan, who gave me a shout out in his blog. Despite the two left feet he claimed to have, he was an awesome dance partner.

            During our trip to Conin today it was evident that the people in the community did not have all resources to provide for their children. Many, of whom were young mothers and were still children themselves. While in this community we saw children that did not have much access to food outside of the center, there are areas in the same municipality of El Tigre that have more access to food. The insufficient equal distribution of food is a result of the impoverished areas that reside in the same municipalities and provinces, and are surrounded by wealthier communities. As someone who has been travelling to different parts of the Buenos Aires province and has seen all different types of living conditions, and each communities access to resources, I can say that this is truly inequality that is harmful to the population. Globalization, as a means to introduce technological advancements and “globalize” society into a well-rounded and more globally equal community, has not necessarily improved many of these impoverished areas. Instead, it has created an even greater divide between those that are advancing their resources, information, and products, and those in poverty whose limiting access has contributed to no real advancements. 

Globalization is most evident in the negative divide it creates in developing societies such as the one we saw today in El Tigre; however, it is also important to note what role it may hold in decreasing inequality. I think that the most relevant positive effect it holds in decreasing inequality is that is gives areas that are more impoverished a chance to access resources that help their well-being. Such as the education program the center in Conin provides to its young mothers in hopes that they implement some of the practices they learn into the routines they build with their children. While these more impoverished communities seem to be unaffected in the eyes of someone who sees globalization in first world countries, it is important to note that any small advancement in these impoverished areas is created in hopes that it will increase the quality of life of the population. While it may benefit those impoverished I do not think it marks a significant step forward in eliminating inequality among the population in each province. 

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