Summary, Analysis and Synthesis Final Draft

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Vanessa Reapor October 22, 2010 Summary, Analysis and Synthesis Final Draft Poverty and wealth, the ghettos and the mansions, failure and success, are all extreme nouns that humans utilize to differentiate the poor from the rich. Unfortunately, these words dominate the American society to classify themselves as well as their surroundings. In fact, what makes certain individuals rich or poor? According to Ted K. Bradshaw—a Community Development Professor at University of California Davis—author of Theories of Poverty and Anti-Poverty Programs in Community Development (2006), “the definition of poverty and theories that explain it are deeply rooted in strongly held research traditions and political values, reinforced by encompassing social, political and economic institutions that have a stake in the issue” (p.3). Through his research, Bradshaw introduces five theories like the Culture of Poverty and Cycle of Poverty to prove that there is no right or wrong answer as to what may lead a person in to impoverishment because after all, each individual is living different circumstances. Culture—a broad term that is socially constructed and unconsciously acquired by an individual—virtually dominates the way of life. Oscar Lewis, a theorist and writer, therefore used culture and bound it with the concepts poverty and thus established a theory called, the Culture of Poverty. He believed that once this type of poverty goes into action it tends to transcend itself. For instance, from birth children of the poor quickly soak up the values and beliefs of their culture. Bradshaw (2006), “suggests that poverty is created by the transmission over generations of a set of beliefs, values, and skills that are socially generated, but individually held” (p.8).
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