Structural Determinates of Poverty2

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Structural Determinates of Poverty The nature of the low wage labor market; unemployment (or: “what happens when work disappears”) housing segregation; The effect of concentrated poverty (Note to early birds downloading these slides: I’ll be adding slides around 9am).
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Items of class business Concerns Anxiety over what will be covered on the exam (hint: if you’ve attended lecture & discussion regularly, you need not be anxious). a) The Study Guide (coming Thurs or Friday); b) Slides covered in class c) Recurring Themes (slides we spent a lot of time on; questions of week / Quiz questions; highlighted readings) The Readings – the quantity & source material is dense / confusing. a) Why include “original source” readings? My view: Classics are good “stepping off’ pts for further study…. NOTE: sometimes the goal is just getting the “drift” of the piece, not every minute element of it. Read, Lecture clears up somewhat, delivers main pts. b) shift some “required” readings to “optional” c) “Foreground” vs. Background” & The importance of attending class
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More Business Study Guide:  Summarizes main pts of first 6 weeks of the course Mix of quiz / questions of the week and summary points  Mostly derived from the lecture slides and common  discussion notes Less focused on specific details, more on getting the  overarching concepts re: a) social justice views; types of  welfare states; the basic data on poverty & inequality;  interpretations / explanations of the data Next Class: a bit more than half the time on a video; the other half on finishing the discussion of “structural” views of poverty & inequality.
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Thinking Structurally about Poverty and  Inequality Individual level explanations:  Tend to emphasize variables such as  talents skill development,  effort, and personal choices  (re: family formation, pursuit of  education, economic advancement…) Structural level explanations Tend to emphasize variables that  are outside of individuals’  immediate control.  The nature of the labor market  [wage structures, workers’  bargaining power, unemployment (or, the availability of jobs) The nature of major institutions such as Education and Finance— how they work in ways that systematically advantage some over  others. 
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The Low Wage Labor Market Does it meet the basic requirements of social justice? Low Wage Jobs defined (by wages): 
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This note was uploaded on 03/25/2010 for the course SOC WORK 206 taught by Professor Lock during the Spring '10 term at Wisconsin.

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