Mount Everest and Economic and Racial Injustice

Anthropology / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
A look at the themes of racism and inequality in Jon Krakauer’s novel `Into Thin Air`.

`One of the most intriguing aspects of Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer is the `sub-plot` of the South African team, sponsored by the Johannesburg Sunday Times and the contrast between the work of the native Sherpas and the foreign visitors to Mount Everest. In this riveting book there are many contrasts examined by Krakauer. The contrast between the poorly paid sherpas and the handsomely paid leaders of the Climbing Expeditions is a stark examination of the economic disparity between the white people from wealthy dominant nations and the natives of Nepal and Tibet and the way they have had to structure their life around the non-Asian people who are drawn to their country by the allure of climbing Mount Everest.`

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