Economics 303, Section 01
October 18, 2010
Summary, Analysis and Synthesis Rough Draft
Poverty and wealth, the ghettos and the mansions, failure and success. What makes
someone rich or poor?
Culture—a broad term that is socially constructed and unconsciously acquired by an
individual—virtually dominates the way of life. Oscar Lewis, therefore used culture and bound it
with the concepts poverty and thus established a theory called, the Culture of Poverty. This
theory, according to 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
Individuals, in other words, should not be blamed for their impoverishment because
they are only mere “victims of their dysfunctional subculture or culture” (Bradshaw, 2006, p.8).
Theoretically, the Culture of Poverty is a subculture of the main society’s culture and consists of
the impoverished living in poor regions and the ghettos.
However, like all things in life, this argument on poverty isn’t perfect and has its fair
share of strengths and weaknesses. The overall idea of utilizing culture to explain poverty is a
strong premise. As stated above, for instance, culture is learned through various ways, therefore,