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medical condition, and the chance for rehabilitation back into society. Villerme also showed a correlation between wealth and illness, analyzing that 3.9 percent of wealthy groups were ill, the poor had a rate over 60 percent. Many of these pieces of evidence pointed out that the recent industrialization was not increasing quality of life. Astronomer Adolphe Quetelet hypothesized that these statistics could be used to show trends in society. By repeating tests in different areas and countries for many years,
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surprisingly statistics were independent of political regimes. The regularity of crime was the most shocking discovery because it disproved the idea of social evolution. Few citizens could improve their quality of life because they were trapped within a vicious cycle landing them back on the streets. ‘Sociology’ was developed to study the moralistic character of people, and the possibility of change within a society, which was of course proved to be rare. These statistics were now constantly viewed as evidence of how a society functioned. Different philosophies were discussed as to how to use these statistics. One view was based around free will and the belief that a dedication to personal change would lead to an increase in one’s own quality of life. Others believed private philanthropies should be responsible for the poor while others held responsibility on the government. Either way, little was being done to help these emigrating peasants.
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