18 - Sociology 19:13

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Sociology  19:13 Poverty - economic deprivation severe enough to make life with dignity more-or- less impossible Culture of poverty theory : Argues that poor people differ from middle class “mainstream” society that  they don’t save or delay gratification, for example: o This theory was part of a backlash against the policies implemented by  President Johnson (the “War on Poverty”) and it was used to bolster  arguments of welfare critics o In 1996, responding to Republican opposition to the welfare state.  President Clinton supported a bill to “End Welfare as we know it” Absolute poverty  is the point at which a household’s income falls below the  necessary level to purchase food to physically sustain its members Poverty Line : The U.S. government estimates poverty by o It estimates food costs for a variety of family types based on US  Department of Agriculture recommendations for minimum food 
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