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As Ignatieff states that Abundance has awakened us to denials of self while blinding us to poverty We idly suppose that the poor have disappeared They havent They simply become invisible 92 He further explains Abundance changes the moral economy of a society by favouring values of consumption over saving 91 It implies that abundance causes the side effects of poverty because societies of abundance dont care about the ability of living on poor These kinds of people are considered to be the invisible poor since they may have a limited amount of money for living Alistair Macleod presents the increasing invisibility of poverty in his novel No Great Mischief through the living standards education working conditions and thoughts of his characters At the beginning of the book No Great Mischief Alexander goes to visit his brother Calum in downtown Toronto On Queen Street he sees In the grimy windows hand-lettered cardboard signs offer almost everything it seems at less than its true worth No Great Mischief 4 indicating the conditions of despair that Calum is forced to live in as he is unable to support himself Also Alistair Macleod mentions that only few of the people who live in the building in Queen Street West are the owners of the stores beneath them The people who live in this building experience bad living conditions they share a small bathroom on a floor a corridor with a dim light bulb and have the scarcity of hot water The novel No Great Mischief is set in Cape Breton Nova Scotia Calums family like Calum and his brothers lack of a proper education and therefore are working in low-income jobs that result in an invisible poverty A person who is lacking an education has a lesser chance of meeting their basic needs creating a life of poverty Without a chance for a proper education Calum and his brothers are forced to live in conditions with neither plumbing
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