In 1958, Oscar Lewis began to research the subject of poverty, the results of which provided the foundation for his theory “The Culture of Poverty.” Lewis’ research revealed that those living in poverty displayed an ongoing pattern which was passed on through generations and therefore, their social trajectory was predictable. Data was collected from families in Mexico and Puerto Rico and Lewis (1966) documented the observations made on aspect of these groups of families, including “residence and employment history of each adult, family relations; income and expenditure; complete inventory of household and personal possessio...
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...scar Lewis makes a statement to this effect…” and “Along similar lines, the position taken by Daniel P. Moynihan…[emphasis ours].” (p.472) This is a direct example of a writer manipulating a work to prove their argument. The second writer was Carol Stack who piggy backed off of Valentines discussion of how Lewis victimized those living in power by highlighting that he viewed the poor in a negative manner.
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