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Socio-economic background: North America

The past three decades of the 20th century have brought increasing affluence and power to North America. North Americans not only live long lives in increasingly diverse societies but their production of material wealth and consumption of goods are also among the highest in the world. American capital, technology and goods are fuelling globalization, a defining trend of the new millennium that carries unprecedented opportunities and risks.