The struggle of moving up on the social ladder is nearly impossible to most people. Poverty is a social problem, it affects different individuals, and there are public assistance programs to help fight the issue. What is Poverty Poverty is noted as being a social inequality, and that is exactly what it is. "Social inequality is the unequal distribution of wealth, income, power and opportunities" (Henslin 191). With that definition we can conclude that poverty is indeed a social inequality, because people who live in poverty do not have an equal opportunities to the wealth, power, and opportunities listed in the definition.
Places where poor people live present multiple disadvantages. Main problems are problems of social relationships, gender relations, economic status, lack of security and the capabilities of the poor. All these social problems are factors in when you are poor and have a direct relationship with living in poor places, because in poor places these are the problems that remain. Poor people can be seen to have a direct relationship to poor places because of a process of selection, which exclude poor people from more desirable areas and leaves them towards less desirable ones. Being poor and living... ... middle of paper ... ...ing there.
Wealthier communities experience emotional downfalls and isolation while the poverty stricken communities by decreasing their life chances for being successful and even their length of life. The social problems of wealth and poverty
This deliberate preservation of social inequality through discriminatory practices against the lower class not only creates a permanent underclass whose opportunities in life are dictated far more by circumstance of birth, but culminates in the dehuman... ... middle of paper ... ...ndown and know how to invest our money, run risk, and take responsibilities”(Allende 170). They are dismissing the existence of the struggles of those living in poverty who work physically demanding jobs that do not provide a livable wage, as well as the barriers the poor face to gaining an education. Nevertheless, the accepted viewpoint is that all men are not created equal, and the impoverished living conditions of the poor is due to their own lack of education, ignorance, and laziness. As a result, a distinction between the upper and lower class is inevitable. This distinction leads to the treatment of the poor as less than human, dehumanizing their position in society to second-class citizens unworthy of the same rights and opportunities as the upper class elite.
Relative poverty is defined relative to the members of a society and therefore differs across countries. People are said to be impoverished if they cannot keep up with
It has been argued that the "negative orientation toward life and work makes them ill-equipped to enter the societal mainstream (p. 195, Parrillo)." Family life, like intelligence and poverty culture, places blame of poverty on the individual. It has been consistently found that family instability is most common among the poor than in any other economic class.... ... middle of paper ... ...overty will continue to grow. Due to the individual and societal influence that is placed on poverty, the amount of poor people in the world has grown consistently. A unified plan is mandatory, otherwise, poverty will continue to grow and create a serious threat to our general welfare.
Using the method of conflict theory in practice poverty and oppression make the most sense to focus in these areas. Social stratification is the process by which people are grouped hierarchically constructed on inequalities in wealth, power, prestige, access to resources, and life opportunities. Also, the target population is commonly based on differences in gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, linguistic groups, sexual orientation, disability, caste, and class. The problem with this target population is the fact that poverty and oppression like structure can be seen most clearly in the continuing overrepresentation of racial and ethnic minorities among the poor. Observed, this leads to the increasing alienation of the poor people of color in communities of highest unemployment and deepest poverty, and leads to an utter hopelessness that often comes with being Black or Hispanic and poor.
This large number can be attributed to many causes such as attitudes towards learning, geographical factors, disabilities, and gender bias, (Nayak). Problems are present in third world countries as well as first world countries. These people are “trapped in a cycle of poverty with limited opportunities for employment or income generation,” (Cree, Kay, and Steward). This cycle of poverty leads to other problems such as crime, dependence on welfare, health issues, unemployment or debt. Illiterate people earn about “30%-40% less than literate counterparts,” (Cree, Kay, and Steward).
A Culture of Poverty Why are poor people poor? Why do poor people seem to stay poor? Some scholars blame the preceding postulations on the the attitudes and behaviors of the culture. Others blame a culture of poverty on the specific individuals that form the culture. Hence, the controversy surrounding the culture of poverty is generated from assumptions that are placed upon the examined community.
It is true that more marginalized groupexist in Third World especially in developing nations. Women, people with disabilities, Dalits, Aged people, children, minorities, poor, sexual minorities etc. are most vulnerable marginalized groups in almost every society. Being excluded from economic, social and political means of promoting one’s self determination can have adverse effects for individual and community. Poverty, dependency and feeling of shame are everyday aspects of economic dislocation and social marginalization.