lecture 10 - poverty - 1. Definition a. Absolute poverty b....

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1. Definition a. Absolute poverty b. Relative poverty – poverty in relation to someone else who is not poor c. Official poverty – government set limit for official poverty 2. Who is poor? 3. Poverty trends: great depression, before WWII, after WWII, 1960s, 1990s 4. Working poor a. Those who work, but are still poor 5. Underclass 6. Why poverty? a. Individual-focused poverty: mental problem, physical problem b. Biological explanation i. Social Darwinism ii. Low IQ cycle: people are born with low IQ due to their low IQ parents c. Culture of poverty i. Born into a culture of poverty where everyone is poor ii. Neighbors, family, friends, relatives, are all poor d. Structure-focused poverty e. Cycle of poverty i. Fewer chances to go to college ii. Creates cycle; children follow in parents’s footsteps f. Political economy of capitalism g. Popular views of poverty i. Poor people are poor because they deserve to be, they’re lazy, they deserve to be poor 7. Welfare programs 8. Comparative poverty
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course ISS 215 taught by Professor Lang during the Spring '06 term at Michigan State University.

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