Connections Between Crime and Poverty

Connections Between Crime and Poverty

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1) Why did you initially choose this article out of the list?

I picked this particular Article because I wanted to see if there are more crimes being committed because of the possible desperation people may have when they have children and families and have lost everything there homes, Jobs, and maybe even a Spouse. I was interested in the title wondering what poverty has to do with crime. Is it an accurate assumption that people who are without would commit crimes to survive?

I personally think that this Article and the video I watched on You Tube with Barbara Ehrenreich were very interesting. She is a really good Journalist. I like that she not only writes about what she is passionate about but that she went out and worked low end jobs and tried to actually live off the money she was earning. The part in Article about (Stop underpaying people for the jobs they do). This made me think.

2) Please give the proper referencing for what you have chosen. Then name 1 other article or book the author(s) has written (also cite; use Ebsco host or Google Scholar with author(s) name to find out, they have all written other things. Use middle initial if you need clarity.) Don’t forget to add both to the reference page.
Ehrenreich, Barbara: Turning poverty into a crime (Nickel and Dimed)( Published in 2001)
Ehrenreich, Barbara: Bait and Switched (2005)

3) What was the title; in what ways did the title reflect, or not reflect the content?
The title I chose was Turning Poverty in a Crime. This Article was on point with how it isn’t the people who are criminals it seems more like the Government and some of the laws we have are backwards or broken the problem with this is people do abuse the system and it makes it so hard for people that really do need help to get it. She talks about a man a husband a father that hurt his back at work and to get on Social security he needs to have an ex-ray done on his back for proof of the injury. He has no health insurance and is expected to have to pay $800.00 dollars just for him to get the x-ray to turn it in proving his injuries, no job, no insurance, and no money to pay for the x-ray. Like Barbara says catch 22. It upsets me cause I see so many people like my sister a single mom works an ok job to make it and just to do anything fun she has to work overtime.

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Write now she is working 17 hours a day to take her oldest daughter do Disneyland.

4) List the most significant element (authors’ main point s/he is trying to get across to the reader) with a one sentence description of each. Following each of these elements, state what you agreed with and what you disagreed with (1-2 paragraphs). Be clear and detailed.

The main element of the story is People are underpaid for the jobs they are doing and can’t afford to live. That goes back to something I mention on another paragraph to have fun have cable they have to work overtime to get things like that. Which in my mind that brings up the parents having to leave their children at a daycare longer and families being apart longer which she also states suicide and divorce rates are higher in the past couple years. She also states that people were able to run out get a job waitressing or stocking now jobs are not there anymore. A man lost his job the wife went out to support the family then she lost her job. In this economic time she hasn’t been able to find anything else.

I agree with the whole article and it frustrates me because I am in a situation right now where I’m laid off from the company I worked for. I also have a lot of friends that were laid off and not doing as ok as me financially and are having to turn to the government and to companies that help with food and paying their bills and there is a lot out there but because of the economic down fall they are limited on funds and supplies. If you don’t go early enough they only are allowed so much in their budget to provide. So if you have no food or need help and show up late they tell you to come back tomorrow. Which one of my friends ha four kids a husband and a mother in law in one house. Her husband just got put on permanent but with the loss of her income it is hard.

5) Quote two important statements by author, cite like this (Davis 2008:242) after each. Following each quote, explain why you picked that quote and its importance to you and to authors’ main points (1 paragraph for each).

American Capitalism in San Francisco, a billboard for an e-trading firm proclaimed, "Make love not war," and then -- down at the bottom -- "Screw it, just make money." I think a lot of people still think like that and that is why we are in the position we are in now. I feel that there is so much greed at the top that and Big companies want, want, want and CEO’s went spending and didn’t care about the underdogs. Barbara posted this I think because of its importance. The statement means basically who cares who is in your way or what you have to do to get your money.

Wisconsin, a 51-year-old laid-off mechanic told me he was supplementing his diet by "shooting squirrels and rabbits and eating them stewed, baked, and grilled.
This is sad someone would go out and eat animals that in my eyes are not okay to eat I know in some states they do eat what’s called road kill but to have to do it because of a financial hardship. I don’t know if I was put into that position I would be able to do it. I think Barbara posted this piece in the Article to let the reader know how bad it can get for some people. You’re laid off at51 years old as a mechanic. That job is real hard on one’s body especially after so many years of doing it. Plus this man was probably thinking of retiring in 10-15 years. I don’t think he was thinking of having to start his life all over again at his age.

6) Which of the 3 main theories (Conflict, Functionalism, SI) do you believe most fully explains the authors view? Defend your choice using terms and concepts from the textbook, make sure to cite each reference. (2 paragraphs, and don’t forget to add the text book to the reference page.

(Functionalism) is what I feel is my main theory. The reason I feel this way is because it is the working of society. Sydney Brown explains it best on YouTube She states population in a limited space needs different people to work different jobs in a society. If those jobs are not being ran right by society and our government, things like what Barbara was talking about will and are happening now.
Poverty and good programs that are supposed to be helping people are hurting them instead. Functionalism is the foundation of how the world is ran as a whole. Balance is an important role also so that things can be ran smooth.‎

7) List two facts you learned that you did not know before reading and for each, how it has changed your perception of the topic (2 paragraphs).

Maybe you can say it was me being naïve but I thought a family could live off medium wage. I didn’t think about it all that much. I think I worked at Rite aid and didn’t make good money. I did it with a little girl by self, but truth is I wasn’t by myself. My mom has lived with me the whole time even though she is on SSI she has always helped me with my daughter so I didn’t have to pay for babysitting and if I couldn’t pay a bill she would have.

The food situation also made me think eating expired food eating basically road kill is not what I would think is healthy. The risk of getting a disease or getting sick from an animal or expired food is risky with no health insurance you are taking a lot of chances.

8) List 5 words you learned from the reading, give the definitions for each and the context in which the term is used.
• Criminalization,- : to make illegal : OUTLAW; also: to turn into a criminal or treat as criminal (Merriam Webster)
• Dragnet- 1a: a net drawn along the bottom of a body of water b: a net used on the ground (as to capture small game) network of measures for apprehension (as of criminals)

• Ostensible- stated or appearing to be true, but not necessarily so. “the delay may have a deeper cause than the ostensible reason" (Merriam Webster)
• Destitution- Poverty so extreme that one lacks the means to provide for oneself."The family faced eviction and destitution"
• Expenditure- the action of spending funds."The expenditure of taxpayers' money"

9) Now that you have completed the assignment, would you suggest that I use the article you picked in future classes, why or why not (1-2 paragraphs, give examples)

I definitely would recommend this Article to people. Barbara didn’t just write an Article she lived it. She went out and worked low end jobs and lived off the money she made. She talked to all kinds of different people within the jobs she worked at. She learned she couldn’t live off the minimum wage money and be able to survive I think she is an awesome raw journalist who cares about what she writes about and you can feel it in this Article.

I’m glad I picked this Article on Turning Poverty into a crime with Barbara. I respect her for not just reading a researching Poverty and crime within the system but she went out lived it and talked to people while she was working with. I actually was so into this Article I’m getting the book she actually wrote called Nickel and Dimed. I’m inspired by her. She makes me think throughout the whole Article.
How the government works they give you a lot of free options but it seem; like there is always a catch. I know nothing in life is free but I if it was more organized regarding taxing the right people and having the random house checks maybe instead of jobs going overseas and people here losing their jobs the United States would not be in the place it is at now.


Turning Poverty into a Crime (2008)
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– Manifest functions: open and stated functions; religion defines the spiritual world and gives meaning to the divine
– Latent functions: unintended, covert, or hidden functions; might include
– Merriam-Webster. 2014. Dictionary 2003 -2014. Retrieved January, 21.2014
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