Week 6 Discussion Notes

Week 6 Discussion Notes - Week 6 Discussion Notes 1) Whos...

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Week 6 Discussion Notes 1) Who’s got articles for this week? 2) Questions about the lecture? 3) Questions of the week: Discussion Questions 1. In the article by Freeman (The Rising Tide Lifts), the author states that there are four intervening factors (demographic change, governmental policies, the shape of the income distribution, and labor market factors) that might explain why unemployment rates and poverty rates do not always change in tandem. Describe the different ways each of these factors affect the relationship between unemployment rates and poverty. 2. According to Yinger, what are the 5 channels through which the housing market contribute to poverty? Explain how these 5 channels contribute to poverty. What would be the suggested interventions to reduce poverty for each of these specific channels? 3. Wildman notes the importance shifting the our beliefs about racism from the individual/behavioral level to the social and systemic level. Why does this argument lead her to say that all whites in U.S. society are racist? Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Explain your answer. Quiz Questions 1. Which of the following statements about “Causal explanations of poverty” is false? a) The idea that maladaptive ethnic cultural or family values lead to poverty is usually associated with those holding politically conservative points of view. b) The idea that human capital deficits (i.e., lack of education or training) lead to poverty is usually associated with those holding politically liberal points of view. c) The idea that the welfare state itself is a cause of poverty because it creates disincentives for people to work and take care of themselves is usually associated with those holding politically social democratic points of view. d) One cause of poverty often advanced by those holding social democratic political views is that structural problems in the job market often diminish the degree to which all people have equal opportunity to find gainful employment. Generally speaking, the conservative view with regard to the role of government in addressing poverty should be very “maternal” and that they should remain highly involved in helping regulate the labor market and economy to ensure that people do not remain stuck in poverty. a) True b) False Which of the following are the two factors most important for understanding poverty from a politically liberal perspective? a)
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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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