Poverty is defined as a lack of money, goods, or resources needed to survive. Poverty is not only confined the United States; it is an issue found all over the world. Actually, when you think about the United States, you think of it as a high-income country. It is a country filled with opportunities, jobs, and freedom. So why is poverty an issue in the United States? As Rank (2004) discusses, the real issue is how our society deals with poverty. People seem to be numb to it. They see homeless people on the street, and they walk right past them as if no one is there. As a high-income country, we have the resources to help those in need, yet our political leaders don’t do as much as they can. Or, as O’Connor (2001) explains, some political leaders
Social problems are a rising problem caused by population growth. One of most well-known problems is the overcrowding of an area. Cities like New York and Washington D.C. are ridiculously crowded. Due to the increase of population in the city, the cost of living is much higher. The unemployment rate is also higher due to the lack of jobs over the amount of people living in the city. This causes for an increase in the crime rate. Criminals all have different motives, and one of the main motives is survival. Banks and stores are constantly robbed due to the high amount of unemployment. Families are stealing just to be able to put food on the table and clothes on their
People in America often suffer from poverty and the treatment that comes with it, throughout their everyday lives. The question raised is why are poor individuals dehumanized by high structures of power? Some people with a higher income feel like they have a choice and a real recourse to justice rather than a lower class individual. They also believe that they are entitled to the world and their opinion matters because of their financial status versus someone who doesn’t have material things. Lessin’s and Deal’s film , Natasha Trethewey’s Memoir, and Bell Hooks’ excerpts, depicts that the poor are often dehumanized and neglected by structures of power, such as the government and media, because of their lack of money and education, however some of structures of power are ignorant to how the lives of poor people really are.
There is a diversity of faces and voices that define people that are currently living in poverty. If you seen them on the street would you know them? Who are these unfortunate people? Do you think you could point them out? Where do they come from? While some impoverished people are apparent -many are hidden and walk amongst us everyday, fighting to survive, playing the societal game, and hoping to rise up and leave behind a life of poverty and despair. The impoverished is made up of people from all aspects of life with differences in age, race, color, and ethnicity. This group also includes fallen power elitists; impoverished by greed or over consumption of addiction. The issues of poverty and homelessness go hand and hand. The two are so closely intertwined that we often fail to see that they are in reality one problem, and that the homeless, excluding the handicapped, the aged, and the mentally ill, is merely the most severe expression of it. Charity and handouts do not solve the problems, although they often soften the blow. The impoverished continue to fight their battle to survive, and hope, and pray that the next day will be better then the last.
Many still deny the fact that poverty exists. Even though there are people day to day struggling to have a decent meal or a place to sleep. Poverty is, as quoted John Iceland in “Early Views of Poverty in America”, having “barley sufficient [funds] for decent independent life; the ‘very poor’ those whose means are insufficient for this according to the usual standard of life in this country.”(10) In America this way of life applies to over 14.5% of its people. Poverty is a term that has just recently become accepted; though the concept has been around for many years. People have found themselves without income and unable to support themselves or their family. There are many other reasons to why people are poor: racial discrimination, high-unemployment, and theories created by society. This being the century of change, learning to accept what is poverty and what it means to be poverty stricken or accept that there are people living below
Many reforms in the UnitedStates have been passed to help fight against the “War on Poverty”; but it has not been effective in eradicating poverty in the U.S. There are about 46 million people who are living in impoverished conditions and poverty continues to be a social issue in this country (Heritage Foundation, 2011) In the beginning, our country was formed under the belief that “this land is the land of opportunity and if we worked hard enough the American Dream can be gained” (Schwarz, 1997). People immigrate to this country today in hopes of becoming rich so they could gain a better life. In spite of coming to this country for a better life, many are faced with the lack of skills and money to succeed. In the end, most will end up in unskilled labor jobs that can barely support their families. Poverty continues to be a growing social issue because people have the “ inability to provide necessities like clothes, healthcare, and shelter” (Heritage Foundation, 2011) to help themselves and their family; therefore, many sacrifices have to be made to insure their survival. Yet many reforms made to help people living in poverty are based “off of outdated statistics” (Henslin, 2014, p.276) and are not enough to help the lower class maintain a sufficient standard of living. Poverty relates to conflict theory since the poor are struggling just to get by. Government programs such as Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), housing assistance, and food stamps provided by the government are not enough to help the poor gain social mobility.
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The United States defines poverty for a family of four as being less than $16,036 per year, or $4,009 per person (Leone 12). People find themselves under this line for an innumerable amount of reasons. Some of these causes are under one's control and others are greater factors beyond an individual's power. Each family or individual person has unique and separate reasons for living in a state poverty. There is no way to try and define them all. Focusing in, three main topics arise that encompass the most predominant reasons for a person to fall into poverty. Education, family life and influence, along with the business cycle may work individually or together to cause poverty. These three leading causes are presented and discussed along with facts prevalent to the issue in the section below.
The main social issue that is affecting America harshly is Poverty! Poverty is crushing the
There are so many personal and social problems across the United States but the one main problem in America is people who are in Poverty. Poverty is a common social and personal issue that has troubled us throughout the years. While nations like the United States of America have worked really hard to maintain their living stability by working in average salary or even having to work in a minimum wage job. The homelessness is not new to our nation and it has increase over years.
How would you feel if you didn’t have a place to call home? Some states have higher poverty rates than others such as California. Almost half of the world over 3 billion people live on less than $2.50 a day. People don’t look into poverty because they’re usually not the one who’s struggling in life. Even though there are other important issues, the government should provide more money and attention to the less fortunate because it will overall benefit the country and help ignorant citizens to realize that people make mistakes sometimes and they need help to get back on their feet.
When it comes to the topic of social inequality, most of us will readily agree that consumerism and the capitalist society play an important role in social immobility. There are other factors which include education, prejudices, and the abuse of power within the social hierarchy, which make it difficult for the working class to escape poverty. These circumstances are bringing the American Dream to a standstill for millions, who are struggling to simply survive in this country today.
Among the poorest groups of people in the United States, children are the top group. There are many factors that contribute to the poverty of hundreds of children around our country. Children cannot provide for themselves the things that they need. It is illegal for a child to work, and they do not have the capacity to be able to sustain income for themselves. They completely rely on their parents and the income that their parents make. Not only do children rely on their parents but also government programs that are provided to them. There are many resources that are being cut because of budget funds and this has had a negative effect on many children. Without the programs necessary many families that are living in poverty are facing the struggle
The problems within society can be viewed through multiple perspectives. Poverty may be considered as a social problem to some, and as the problem of an individual by another. One must be able to look at and be willing to try to understand the viewpoints of those with different beliefs and opinions to comprehend how society functions.