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Sociology Working Poor Questions

Sociology Working Poor Questions - 1 The Working Poor...

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1 The Working Poor Discussion Questions, Chapters 1-5 Introduction 1. Why did Shipler write the Working Poor? To show common Americans that there are many people trying to get the American dream by working hard but continue to remain in poverty To make us aware and of the misunderstandings of poverty in both the liberal and conservative sides. That the poor are both somewhat responsible through some bad choices but are also affected by multiple factors such as societal and structural factors as well as psychological dimensions, financial dimensions, etc; poverty is multi-dimensional and very complex 2. How did Shipler study the working poor? What was his methodology? How might the study have been different if it had been done by a social scientist? Interviews and focuses on a few specific families and follows them over time (longitudinal approach) To improve might interview a larger sample of families to get more accurate results 3. How is poverty defined in the book? There is an absolute level in which you fall into poverty; Shipler also offers there is poverty in the relative sense, compared to others Poverty is multi-dimensional, if you see your life is not going to improve have less motivation to work harder 4. What is the American myth? Anti-myth? American myth – those that are poor can work their way up to the American dream Anti-myth – the individual is helpless, it’s really about society Shipler – thinks that these work differently on different people, recognizes that it’s a nice idea and motivation to try harder but also reinforces the idea that society has a large affect and be aware of the fact that there are a lot of working people living in poverty Chapter 1: 1. Why is the EITC an attractive program to both Republicans and Democrats? In what ways does the EITC benefit low-wage workers? In what ways does it present a challenge for them? Notes on social policy Attractive to both sides because to Republicans they are getting jobs and working to get out of the welfare system and to Democrats we are providing assistance to those in poverty and in need to allow them to improve their financial situations
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