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Analysis Paper Poverty: How Concentrated It Really Is and It’s Vicious Cycle By Taryn O’Flynn Sociology 206 – Social Problems I am a strong believer that one of the biggest social problems our society  currently faces is the poverty epidemic.  There are many aspects to poverty that  are concerning, but I would live to primarily focus this paper on the concentration  of poverty and how it tends to cycle from generation to generation.  Poverty is  defined as the lack of basic human needs, such as clean water, nutrition, health  care, education, clothing and shelter, because of the inability to afford them. (1)  Statistics today state that about 1.7 billion people live in absolute poverty. We are going to touch on several theories/issues throughout this  exploration of poverty, but would like to give you an idea of where our journey will  take us.  First, we will look at the culture and cycle of poverty, and how it keeps  its victims trapped.  Then we will confront the issue of the isolation of poverty  stricken communities and how it’s members are typically separated from the  larger economy and community.  Thirdly I would like to explore the effects that  poverty has on children.  Lastly, I would like to look at how history has played a  role in “aiding” in the cycle of poverty, and what we can do about it. My theory on the cycle of poverty is that “poor people” have their very own  culture with a specific set of morals and values, and a strong belief system that  keeps them connected to their community (aka finding themselves at poverty  level generation after generation.) The culture of poverty can come with a “learned helplessness” that is taught by  parents to their children and so on and so forth.  This helplessness often surges  a survival mode in the individual that in order to get out of poverty, you have to  make the best of every situation and have great moments and experiences in life.  However, this idea often gets people into trouble.  
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