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FMSC381 Readings Seccombe: 9a. The important “hidden” fact about poverty: Most families are poor because of structural conditions, not because of their own laziness or lack of motivation. first theme: poverty is a structural problem, not merely a personal one. o -C. Wright Mills stressed the importance of understanding the relationship between individuals and the society in which they live. o -problems (poverty, unemployment, work/family stress, inadequate childcare) are rooted in the institutional arrangements of society. (In our social structure, social institutions, economic system, etc.) They are also rooted in our social positions and the accompanying roles such as sex and race. Since this is the case, the solutions to poverty are ALSO largely structural in nature . The solutions that amend our social institutions and social statuses are those with the largest impact. **Examine the social factors. 9b. Extreme poverty is defined as: living below one-half of the poverty level. Poverty guidelines are a simplified version of the federal poverty threshold. They are used for administrative purposes like determining financial eligibility for certain federal programs. They are issued yearly and are calculated differently thank the poverty thresholds so they usually end up being slightly higher than the thresholds . The department for health and human services calculates guidelines, and thresholds are determined by the social security administration. Because of this, although a threshold is established, programs that serve the poor establish this guideline to help assist more people. There are MANY criticisms of both of these two things o starting with region. The price of real estate varies dramatically between New York to California to Alabama, etc., and it isn’t fair that the same family of four living in a low real estate region gets the same threshold as
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2010 for the course FMSC 381 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '09 term at Maryland.

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