Poverty (2-27) - Poverty & Economic Inequality I. What...

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I. What is Poverty? a. Definition 1. Absolute Poverty: not having the minimal requirements (e.g. adequate food, shelter, and clothing) to sustain a reasonably healthy life. 2. Relative Poverty: Living at standards lower than the majority of people in a given society. a. Average US Income b. Children of the Great Depression 1. Sociological study lead by a life-course researcher named Glen Elder 2. Found that people who were children during the Great Depression talked mostly about what they lost. 3. Found differences in how people reacted depending on where they were when it started. b. The Poverty Line 1. Average annual food budget for adequate diet for family with X members multiplied by 3 a. 9,750/1; 12,830/2; 16,090/3; 19,350/4; 2. Uses of poverty line a. Determining how much federally funded money is going to help the family 3. Problems with the Poverty Line a. Doesn’t include for disease b. Doesn’t include for housing c. Unhealthy food is less expensive than healthy foods.
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2008 for the course SOC 302 taught by Professor Langenkamp during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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Poverty (2-27) - Poverty & Economic Inequality I. What...

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