Summary, Analysis and Synthesis Rough Draft

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Vanessa Reapor Economics 303, Section 01 Dr. Battista 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 held” (p.8). 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,
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course ECON 01 taught by Professor Clairebattista during the Fall '10 term at Cal Poly.

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