Brutal, harsh, unforgiving, and relentless . . . the worst effect of poverty is not a tangible dirtiness, but a corruption of one’s very soul. Juvenile delinquency has always been a huge problem, but it has been especially evident in recent years as the juvenile crime rate increased exponentially to more than 1.3 million delinquency cases in just 2010. In 1999, the American public ranked crime as the most important problem facing the nation("Juveniles"). In 1994 there were only 78 youth court programs in operation, whereas in 2010 there were over 1,050 youth courts in operation ("Youth Courts"). The causes of juvenile delinquency are both economic and social. Some specific examples of these factors are bad housing, broken homes, parental negligence, boy and girl gangs, and other harsh neighborhood conditions. While social influences undeniably contribute to juvenile delinquency, it is the economic circumstances that contribute most to continued delinquent behavior amongst juveniles who are in consistent trouble with the law. Current solutions are either skill-based without appropriate support or highly punitive in nature; available resources would be better spent addressing the fundamental economic disparity of communities which primarily causes most of these problems.
With the issue being so large, there will truly never be an end to it. There are many variations to poverty, it should never be looked at in one particular way. In the book The Working Poor, the author David Shipler addresses how poverty can be due to a lack of parenting, personal mistakes, abuse, a bad start in life, or a combination of other systematical variables. The sources used throughout this research paper represent key connections between the working poor and the programs offered to “help” them. There have been several researched causing factors of poverty and solutions that solve nothing. The outcomes of poverty are most often times, negative and can result in many people never living far above the line of poverty or escaping poverty at all. Living in poverty can become a way of life, it is part of a systematical cycle designed to be never
There is a misunderstanding of the poor among Americans due to the separation of classes. Society has an assumption that the people in poverty are worthless or less-valued. Popular culture should eliminate these stigmas by working with the poor to provide a better understanding of what benefits them because these stigmas can lead to negative stereotypes.
Low Wages, Crumbling Society
The change in our society from having rich, middle, and poor economic statuses has caused our society to crumble. The increase of low waged workers has increased tremendously. The decline in wages cause parents to work 2-3 jobs just to make the bills, which in turn has caused parents and children’s relationships to fail, which also in turn cause the children to have behavioral issues, which in turn cause violence rates to increase.
The unemployed are such a well known poverty group that many people picture unemployment and poverty as being the same. It is important to realize that this is false. Not all who are unemployed are impoverished, and not everyone living in poverty is unemployed. It is true however, that the unemployed form a large poverty group with a diverse and challenging set of problems facing them. In exploring some of these problems, much more can be learned about the plight of the unemployed living in poverty.
First of all, it is important to know what kinds of situations low-wage people are facing. In a book, Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich reports the low-wage people’s lives that stay in deep poverty. She frankly expressed lives of them who are in place where there are no human rights. Barbara Ehrenreich explains working environments of low-wage people in her book. She stayed in three different states and worked as one of low-wage people, such as waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner, nursing–home aide, and Wal-Mart associate. There are a lot of problems, from seeking a job to working. Employees had ...
In The Working Poor: Invisible in America, David K. Shipler tells the story of a handful of people he has interviewed and followed through their struggles with poverty over the course of six years. David Shipler is an accomplished writer and consultant on social issues. His knowledge, experience, and extensive field work is authoritative and trustworthy. Shipler describes a vicious cycle of low paying jobs, health issues, abuse, addiction, and other factors that all combine to create a mountain of adversity that is virtually impossible to overcome. The American dream and promise of prosperity through hard work fails to deliver to the 35 million people in America who make up the working poor. Since there is neither one problem nor one solution to poverty, Shipler connects all of the issues together to show how they escalate each other. Poor children are abused, drugs and gangs run rampant in the poor neighborhoods, low wage dead end jobs, immigrants are exploited, high interest loans and credit cards entice people in times of crisis and unhealthy diets and lack of health care cause a multitude of problems. The only way that we can begin to see positive change is through a community approach joining the poverty stricken individuals, community, businesses, and government to band together to make a commitment to improve all areas that need help.
Being born into a low income family where all you know is low paying jobs has an influence on a child as they get older. They do not know how to adapt to a different world than what they know.
Unemployment can be defined as one of the alarming issues as it has played its toil in enshrouding the nations with its disastrous consequences. It has now presumably become a trend to hear the declination of employment in Bhutan because of the fact of Bhutanese opting for the white collar jobs (Wangchuk, 2012). Therefore, this essay will attempt to depict the devastating outcomes related to unemployment on the individuals, poverty and on the socio- political situation, and the factors such as mismatch of skills and expectations, job preferences and lack of entrepreneurship among the Bhutanese youth that bring an upsurge in the number of unemployment rate in Bhutan.
“Of all the aspects of social misery, nothing is as heartbreaking as unemployment.” (Addams 1910)
Unemployment has long been a headache macroeconomic issue for all the governments around the world and is defined as people in working age but without job for the past four weeks according to International Labor Organization. In late 2009 the number of people unemployed or willing to work reached highest 8.2% since 1997. These increases are not start with the recession but since 2005, (Boardman 2010:105).