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Running head: POVERTY IN U.S. 1 Poverty in U.S. Students Name Institution Affiliation
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POVERTY IN U.S. 2 Poverty in U.S. Poverty as a social problem occurs when a community or a person fails to access the financial resources and the essentials for a minimum standard of living. Poverty is an indication of low-income level from employment failing to meet the basic needs. Those people living with poverty are characterized by going without healthy food, clean water, proper medical, and proper housing. Poverty in the United States is measured by the use of poverty threshold that is set by the U.S. government. The measure recognizes poverty as the absence of goods and services that are used to mainstream society. The states have established a consumer price index that is used in poverty levels. Sociologists have different ways in which they view poverty. They have developed various theories that explain poverty. Most of the theorists argue that there exist stratification, which is harmful and dysfunctional to the community, thus resulting in competition between the poor and the rich since individual act toward their own economic gain. For instance, Karl Marx developed the conflict theory. Karl’s theory claims about the perpetual conflicts that exist in society due to the limited number of resources that results in competition. The theory holds that the presence of social order is determined by power and domination instead of conformity and consensus. Those people with power and wealth work hard to hold them by all means, suppressing the powerless and the poor. The poverty levels in the U.S. have created three different classes, the upper class, the middle class, and the lower class. For instance, those in upper class are the ones who hold big political seats in the government, and they have accumulated wealth. They own big estates in the states. Thus, the conflict theory can be deduced from this gap that exists between the poor and the rich. The completion between the two groups
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