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The Working Poor By David Shipler

- ... After researching citizens in the United States it has been discovered that “poverty is more common among certain subgroups of the population, including persons with lower educational attainment, persons who are black or Hispanic, persons living in female-headed households, and persons with disabilities.” This makes it clear that belonging to one of these subgroups increases your chances of being impoverished. Also, these are barriers that are either impossible to change or difficult to overcome....   [tags: Poverty, Family, Disability, Working poor]

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The Working Poor By David Shipler

- The Working Poor Stories about life 's struggle to survive in everyday America can make one think twice of the American dream. In David Shipler’s book The Working Poor, David tells many different tales of people living in poverty and also analyzes what 's wrong and why. The book’s portrayal of the poor is not for the meek however, as one reviewer exclaims, “Through a series of sensitive, sometimes heart-rending portraits”, (Lenkowsky). In the book a lot of American ideologies are turned on its head as The Red Phoenix explains how our poor are viewed as, “Wealth and decadence are the tell-tale signs of hard work and brilliance paying off, while poverty is a sign of laziness, irresponsibility...   [tags: Poverty, Wealth, Working poor, James Truslow Adams]

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Analysis Of David K. Shipler 's The Working Poor

- In The Working Poor: Invisible in America, David K. Shipler describes about the lives of United States citizens who live within poverty. He highlights the U.S.’s disregard for its working poor, the nature of poverty, and the causes of poverty faced by low-wage earners. Shipler performs an amazing job with describing the factors that play their parts into the lives of U.S. citizens who live are poor and within poverty. Shipler explains the effects of tax payments and refunds, the abuse of the poor by private and public institutions, the spending habits of the working poor, the culture of the U.S., and the presence of money as a factor in the lives of the working poor....   [tags: Poverty, United States, Employment, Working poor]

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Nickel And Dimed : The Author 's Trip Into The Working Poor World

- Nickel and Dimed is a book about the author’s trip into the working poor world. Her profession was as a professor in biology. She noticed similar traits of her studies throughout the years, their struggle with being working poor. This struggled she saw preempted her to create a social experiment that is about how to live as a unskilled, working poor person in America. Instead of experimenting on others she took upon herself to be the one who drives into this unknown world to her. This assignment she given herself wasn’t an easy task and Ehrenreich experiences many conflicting emotions about what she will take on....   [tags: Employment, Minimum wage, Working poor]

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The Working Poor By David Shipler

- In the Working Poor, David Shipler shows the different levels of poverty in the United States. Although many people work every day they still do not have enough money to live their lives comfortably or contently. In chapter 1, Money and Its Opposite, discuss the different people that worked hard their entire lives only to remain in or below the poverty line. For instance, in the book Shipler speaks of the disadvantages that the working poor are susceptible to. Often being taken advantage of from employers that do not give accesses that they are entitled to, the working poor are more likely to be audit than the wealthy, and become victims of cons that point toward money for a small payment, f...   [tags: Poverty, Sociology, Family, Extended family]

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The Working Poor by D. Shipler

- The Working Poor The objective of this essay is to illuminate my overall reaction to the reading of “The Working Poor” conveying what I do not like while highlighting a sociological perspective, in addition to explaining if the reading is applicable to my own life experience. Taking notice, the subject at hand was very sobering alluding even if we ourselves have not been partakers of living in the obscurity of prosperity between poverty and wellbeing, certainly we have encountered someone that has become a victim to it....   [tags: social darwinism, poverty, disparity]

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The Working Poor By David K.

- ... In some cases the immigrants have no idea what they will be paid, or what their pay will be based on. “‘We never knew how they were paying us,’ he admitted. ‘They didn’t tell us.’ It wasn’t by the hour but by the row, he thought.” (Shipler 100). The skills a worker possesses are not taken into consideration when deciding the wage that they will be paid for a job. This usually ends up with many illegal workers working for much less than they deserve to be paid. Illegal immigrants also end up being over worked and mistreated....   [tags: Immigration to the United States]

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The Working Poor By David Shipler

- ... More horrendously, aliens are usually paid well under minimum wage, around five dollars an hour. More importantly, these abused workers are exposed to all the poisonous pesticides that are sprayed on the fruits and vegetables that they pick. Even in the winter when the farming business is dormant, these immigrant farm hands work unbelievably hard all 365 days of the year. Most, if not all Mexican immigrants send money back to Mexico: “The amount of money being sent by migrants across the entire world reached $530 billion last year, making it a larger economy than Iran or Argentina, the data from the World Bank showed....   [tags: Immigration to the United States, Immigration]

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The Working Poor Need Remedies

- ... By slightly, changing their standards this company was able to hire more of the working poor to fill their vacant opportunities. According to Wick-Lim, “the Labor Department expects that slightly more than two-thirds, of U.S. jobs will require only a high school degree” (Wicks-Lim, 2012, p. 21). By changing High school degree requirement, to seeking a GED more individuals would be able to compete in the job market and have a chance at an equal opportunity. State or city programs could assist the working poor in establishing proper work etiquette, instill that as employees they do matter to their employers, and how to manage outside stressors so they do not interfere with work....   [tags: Minimum wage, Employment, Poverty, Wage]

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Critique Of The Working Poor

- When writing a book that person is faced with not only the vulnerability of expressing their opinions, but also the acceptance of what another person’s opinion might be from reading the book. In fact critics have a very strong influence on what a person will take in when reading a book. Their critique will determine whether that person will take the time to buy and read the work that author spent many months or even years to write. “While agreeing with Shiplers points of the working poor, I also agree with the critics’ critique of the non-working poor who live at poverty in America and the faults in the lack of a broader study.” Joel Schwartz, a critic who took the time to read Shiplers boo...   [tags: Poverty, Poverty in the United States]

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Who are the Working Poor

- In class, we’ve talked a great deal about all of the aspects that underline the concept of poverty. From reading about it in our book, researching online, and grabbing a personal text, I was highly intrigued with the components that make up “the working poor,” it’s actual definition, and so much more. Before getting into the statistics, a simple definition of “the working poor” is that it is a group of people who spend about twenty-seven weeks or more in a year either working or looking for work, but their incomes fall below the level of poverty (USDAVIS, 2013)....   [tags: government assistance, benefits, tax credit]

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Working Poor: Food Insecurity

- Intervention There are several programs in the Muncie area that assist those who are dealing with food insecurity. Some of these programs are: Indiana school breakfast and lunch program, Second Harvest Food bank and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program. These three programs help those who suffer from food insecurity but do so in different ways. The Indiana School Breakfast and Lunch Program is a program open to those children who live in a low income household. “National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a Federal entitlement program open to public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions....   [tags: food bank, emergency food, shelters]

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The Impact Of Globalization On The Lives Of Working Poor

- Thanks to Globalization the Lives of Working Poor are Worse than in the Past Globalization has already existed in the world long time ago. Thus, it is not a brand new phenomenon for human beings. However, it has rapidly increased from last few decades. Therefore, the influences of globalization to us are more obviously. According to the article from World Health Organization, globalization is generally recognized into two interrelated components: the opening of borders to progressively fast flows of products, services, economy, people and ideas across international borders; and the alterations in institutional and policy authorities at the international and national levels, which facili...   [tags: Poverty, Wealth, Economic development, World Bank]

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The Working Poor

- American factories can comprise of about up to 1000 workers. If American factories are shut down and moved to other countries, this takes many American people out of work. Companies are now also importing jobs. This is where employers hire people such as immigrants to work less than minimum wage. For that reason, many Americans are stuck with the other minimum wage, and low-paying jobs that barely get them through life. Because of this, many Americans are working full time jobs that are below the Federal poverty line....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Automobile Dependency and the Working Poor

- Automobile Dependency and the Working Poor David Shipler briefly mentions in The Working Poor that lack of access to a car is one of the factors that make finding and holding a job difficult. A person in need of a job may be unable to afford a car, since car ownership is so expensive, but they may need a car because of urban sprawl and inadequate public transit networks. But just how serious is the burden of car ownership, and how exactly does under funded public transit and urban sprawl contribute to the need to take on this burden....   [tags: Poverty]

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The Working Poor's Impossibility of Survival

- According to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), all employers must abide by the minimum wage policy which states that they must not pay their employees a wage below the set minimum wage. It is often believed that it serves as a protection for the citizens. Though the minimum wage law benefits employees because employers cannot pay them below the minimum wage, the minimum wage, however, does not "protect" them from the struggles and hardships they will most likely encounter. Rather, as millions of Americans work in full-time minimum wage jobs, several of them discover that their wages are insufficient to survive in today's society....   [tags: Personal Essays]

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The Working Poor in America

- The Working Poor in America The United States, a place where anyone can “pick themselves up by the bootstraps” and realize the American dream of a comfortable lifestyle. Well, for over 30 million Americans this is no longer possible. Though we live in the richest and most powerful country in the world there are many who are living under or at the precipice of the poverty level, “While the United States has enjoyed unprecedented affluence, low-wage employees have been testing the American doctrine that hard work cures poverty” (The Working Poor, 4)....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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The Working Poor in America

- The Working Poor in America The concept of the "working poor" has gained prominence in the post-welfare reform era. As welfare rolls shrunk, the focus shifted from the dependent poor to the working poor. It was obvious that without substantial outside support, even families with full-time low-wage workers were still earning less than the official poverty line. And while American society purports that anyone can prosper if they work hard enough, it became apparent that with inadequate opportunity or bad luck, a growing number of families could not attain the American dream, or even break the cycle of poverty....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]

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The Working Poor: Invisible in America by David K. Shipler

- 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....   [tags: poverty, workers, American dream]

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A Life of Poverty: Childhood Traumas inThe Working Poor

- In The Working Poor by David K. Shipler, Shipler analyzes the effects of poverty and the accountability of working poor in America. Chapter six of the book focuses on traumas of childhood that affect the later life of a person. In this chapter, Shipler speaks of sexual abuse within families, neglectful parenting, and other factors that contribute to a poverty-stricken life. He gives real-life experiences and the effects that an individual’s childhood has had on his or her life. Although his examples are based on real lives of the poor in America, it appears as though he has found the most extreme cases....   [tags: David K. Shipler, Literary Analysis, Poverty]

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Working and Poor

- It’s difficult to imagine how some people hold multiple jobs to support their family and still live below the poverty line. The saying “the rich gets richer and the poor get poorer” has never been so evident in today’s society. With a growing percentage of people living below the poverty line, one has to question the government policies enacted to elevate the living standings for its people. Government policies great influence the everyday life of its people. It is difficult to enact common ground policies to satisfy the entire public since not everyone is on same financial level....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Not Really The Working Poor in "Nickel and Dimed"

- Barbara Ehrenreich would make a bad representative of the working poor because she lacks three major things that a woman of that class would actually possess. Ehrenreich doesn't meet the true qualifications of a working class woman: she lacks the background, she lacks respect of the money she earns, and she lacks certain personal or social qualities that ordinarily are possessed by the working poor. Ehrenreich is part of the upper-middle class; she is "privileged" to have a job in which she makes money by sitting at her desk and writing (E 2)....   [tags: Economics]

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The Working Poor Are Those Whose Incomes Fall Under A Given Poverty Line

- The working poor are those whose incomes fall under a given poverty line. Depending on how one defines "working" and "poverty," someone may or may not be counted as part of the working poor, but even though anyone who may not be counted, each one of them are from the working poor who ultimately don’t earn enough money that is required to survive. Barbara Ehrenreich, a journalist and an author of Nickel and Dimed, is not literally a low-wage worker, she acted as an undercover low wage worker. She establishes and realizes there is not much difference between someone who is professing to exist as a waitress and someone who is waitressing....   [tags: Wage, Minimum wage, Employment, Poverty]

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Social Class, Working Class And Poor Families

- There are two approach of Childrearing in different social classes include, concerted cultivation and the accomplishment of natural growth. Middle class parents emphasize of concerted cultivation’s strategy of childrearing. On the other hand, working class and poor family parents emphasize of natural growth’s strategy of childrearing. In fact, differences of social classes play a significant role in family life and childrearing. In this paper, I would like to discuss the differences in parenting styles that described in the article “Invisible Inequality” by A....   [tags: Sociology, Social class, Pierre Bourdieu]

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The Endless Struggle in The Working Poor by David Shipler

- Reading the last paragraph of Dreams, a chapter from The Working Poor by David Shipler, I came to the realization that all of the assigned readings were like many of Shakespeare's tragedies. Each one of the handouts and books wrote about a similar subject which is impoverished children in the educational system. For Example, in Ordinary Resurrections by Jonathan Kozol, he writes "Most of the children here, no matter how hard they may work and how well they may do in elementary school, will have no chance, or almost none, to win admission to the city's more selective high schools, which prepare their students for good universities and colleges." It is true that in Carger's book Of Borders an...   [tags: American Literature]

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Nickel and Dimed on (Not) Getting By in America

- Spotlighting Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America Throughout the years, the ability to survive in the American economy without a college education has been diminishing. The employment opportunities now available to many Americans without college degrees are called “unskilled” jobs. These forms of employment are often unstable and offer low pay without much of a change for advancement within the company . Low income families are often constrained by many hurdles that do not allow them to raise themselves from below the poverty line ....   [tags: working poor, uneducated, poverty]

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Government Intervention to Help the Working Poor: There is a Better Option than Raising Minimum Wage

- Small businesses are hurt by minimum wage hikes. This hypothetical situation describes how the minimum wage kills jobs. Consider a small community clothing store with 50 customers a day for 360 days at $20 spent per customer. Total revenue per year for the business is $360,000. This seems like a lot of money. How could a small hike in minimum wage hurt when the company makes this much money. Well we still need to deduct the costs of doing business. This clothing store has 10 employees all earning minimum wage (for this example is $8 per hour) working 2000 hours a year....   [tags: redistribution of wealth, tax credit]

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The Effects Of Child Poverty On Children

- In 2010, one out of every five children were living at or under the poverty line. 15.3 million children live in a household with food insecurity. 22% of all children in the U.S. are considered to be poor. A single parents with two children is considered to be poor if they make $17,568 or less. These numbers truly show that child poverty is a pressing issue in the United States. Poor school funding does not allow children to reach their potential as a student due to lack of resources allocated by the state....   [tags: Poverty, Wealth, Wage, Working poor]

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Poverty And Its Effects On Society

- ... But public debate about poverty and policies to deal with it focus almost entirely on the latter with almost nothing to say about the former. What generally passes for ‘liberal’ and ‘conservative’ approaches to poverty are, in fact, two variations on the same narrow theme of individualism. A classic example of the conservative approach is Charles Murray’s book Losing Ground. Murray sees the world as a merry-go-round. The goal is to make sure that “everyone has a reasonably equal chance at the brass ring – or at least a reasonably equal chance to get on the merry-go-round.” He reviews thirty years of federal antipoverty programs and notes that they’ve generally failed....   [tags: Poverty, Economic inequality, Working poor]

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Poor Working Condition for Chinese People in Canada During the Early 1900's

- For many decades, Chinese individuals immigrated to Canada until the 1870s, however the explanation for the arrival of Chinese immigrants was the desire to immigrate to Vancouver due to the promise of labor on the continental railway that brought the Chinese to Canada in massive numbers. Railway homeowners argued that they must hire Asian railway employees because nobody else should do the harmful and tough work of railroad building. However, other British Canadians had other reasons behind hiring asian labourers, and a certain attitude towards this group resulted in a tension which led to this historical event in this province....   [tags: railroads, wages, riot]

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The Final Words Of The Poverty Stricken Society

- ¬ The Final Words of the Poverty-Stricken Society Ingrid McVay University of South Alabama In Barbara Ehrenreich’s "Afterword,” she makes a summary of her novel that was written over twelve years ago and used for the educational purpose in schools and universities. This book has made a significant impact in the society, and she was amazed the book had done quite well, even after the stock market crashed. She addresses many important issues of people surviving on minimum wage and challenges the difficulties poor people have to endure....   [tags: Wage, Minimum wage, Poverty, Working poor]

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The Cycle Of Poverty And Poverty

- Cycle of Poverty Each day in America people face new challenges weather big or small. The normal everyday challenges include bills, tight schedules, disagreements, and the unforeseen trials that may arise. It is possible for the average person to have a good day or a few good days while feeling worry free. A person who is considered a part of the working poor may never feel worry free. Their challenges hit them hard each day as they struggle with the issues they’ve most likely dealt with their entire lives....   [tags: Poverty, Wealth, Working poor, Economic inequality]

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Poverty Is A Leading Contributor Of Unhealthy Infant Births

- Poverty is a leading contributor of unhealthy infant births and directly leads to unnecessary death caused by lack of quality healthcare and malnutrition. Poverty also contributes to lower life expectancy because some families are not able to provide their families with the necessary health care they need and provide them with enough nourishment to live a healthy life. Studies also show that “in 2013, 45.3 million people (14.5 percent) were living in a poverty stricken area” (   [tags: Poverty, Teenage pregnancy, Working poor, Suicide]

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The Issue of Child Labour is Affecting All Nations

- Child Labor is a major issue among nations because it prevents children from receiving the education that they should be getting to better their future. Instead of going to school, these children are working in agriculture, the manufacturing industry, factories, and other activities that involve drugs and prostitution. Child Labor ultimately exists because these economies are so poor that it is a much cheaper way to get things done and bring money forth. Child Labor has existed for centuries and even with new laws and regulations, children are still working underage and not attending school....   [tags: education, future, working conditions, poor]

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Crime Is A Crime And Crime

- ... Hanna Rosin, author of “American Murder Mystery,” also agrees: “as part of a nationwide experiment to free the poor from the destructive effects of concentrated poverty.” Rosin sees how destructive living in poverty can be for people. Rosin isn’t the only one who thinks poverty is destructive, she quotes HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros: “’ these enclaves of poverty,’ where ‘drug dealers control the stairwells, where children can’t go outside to play, where mothers put their infants to bed in bathtubs.’” It’s terrifying for people to live in these areas in poverty and they can’t leave because they have nowhere else to go....   [tags: Crime, Poverty, Henry Cisneros, Working poor]

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Poor Living and Working Conditions as the Reason for Bolsheviks' Seizure of Power in 1917

- Poor Living and Working Conditions as the Reason for Bolsheviks' Seizure of Power in 1917 Around eighty percent of Russia’s population were peasants who lived in communities. Living and working conditions for most peasants were dreadful, famine and starvation were common. People worked for long hours, their wages were low and rent was high. In factory towns people lived in overcrowded slums and there were very few sanitary facilities. Poor living and working conditions existed all the way, while other causes of the Bolshevik seizure of power came in later on....   [tags: Papers]

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No One Wants For A Poor

- ... This reduces the upward mobility of the working class. To begin with, the government’s tax preference and spending is favoring the wealth. Myers, the past White House press secretary, asserted that even tax breaks that are supposed to help the middle class too often skew toward the wealthy. Take the mortgage interest deduction as an example, the low- and middle-income earners are less likely to itemize deductions, so most of them aren’t even eligible for the benefit. Furthermore, people in lower brackets pay lower rates....   [tags: Working class, Social class, Middle class, Wealth]

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Making Sense of White Working Class Educational Underachievement by by Diane Raey

- Making Sense of White Working Class Educational Underachievement Summary The article ‘Making sense of white working class underachievement’ by Diane Raey (2009) In the K. P. Sveimsson (ed) Who Cares about the White Working Class. , Published by The Runnymeade Trust, is important in indicating the weaknesses of the education system in the United Kingdom today. According to this article, the White working class children do not perform well in academic performance. This issue is the centre stage for a tug of war among the parents, teachers, the government and the wealthy and middle class people within this jurisdiction....   [tags: poor, access to education, marginalized generation]

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Why Rich Are Getting Richer And Poor Poorer

- ... The main idea is the lower class keeps losing jobs because there are people from other countries who are willing to work for less and they are getting the jobs. Another reason why we are losing jobs is because machines and society is getting more technological and those are taking over our jobs. Why would they pay employees when they could just put in machines to do just as good a job and they don’t have to be paid anything. The middle class is staying the same but they are slowly sinking because the rich are taking over and they are getting richer....   [tags: Poverty, Wealth, Working class, Poverty reduction]

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Stereotyping The Poor : Poverty Is A Potential Outcome For Everyone

- Stereotyping the Poor Poverty is a potential outcome for everyone. It’s sneaky and many people fall victim to it every year. No one believes that they have the potential to fall into debt, but it can happen through a string of bad luck, time running short, and other possibilities that can’t be controlled. People who are struggling with difficulty believe that there is no way out because no one will help them. However, there are ways for us, as a society, to help those who are short on income receive the help that they need....   [tags: Poverty, Working class, Social class, Middle class]

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Why The Rich Are Getting Richer And Poor Poorer?

- ... Social standings are how everything is referred to in the economic world, the better known and trusted the family; the better a person can do in the economic world. The richest people who seem to keep getting richer have been walking into their wealth since the day they have been born. It has been proven by how the companies have been popping up around the world, how the companies are being bribed by governors trying to make their state seem more economically powerful. “Philips, Sony, and Toyota factories are popping up all over—to the self congratulatory applause of the nation’s governors and mayors, who have lured them with promises of tax abatements and new sewers, among other amenit...   [tags: Working class, United States, Poverty, Economy]

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The Gap Between Rich And Poor

- The Gap Between Rich and Poor in Canada The Canadian economy is extraordinarily advanced. The amount of economic development is the primary indicator of the position that the country lies on. The international economic and commercial situation. Several factors are responsible for economic and commercial growth. Nowadays, most of the countries of the world are interconnected and tightly integrated with one another within the web of international economic relations due to globalization. One of the most severe economic difficulties for Canada in the 21st century is the enormous gap between wealthy and poor people because Canada is becoming the capitalist leader of the world, the middle class is...   [tags: Poverty, Wealth, Working class, Canada]

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Education And Poor Families : Education

- ... Affordability and Higher Education a Century Ago”, Thelin describes that “Institutional reports on average expenditure for instruction per student ranged from a high of $324 (Johns Hopkins University) and $280 (Columbia University) to a low of $66 (University of Minnesota), with most institutions fitting into the area of about $175 to $200. There were no institutions where annual tuition revenues paid for all student instructional costs. Institutional expenses per student beyond tuition were substantial – ranging from $210 at Stanford, $174 at Johns Hopkins, $130 at Columbia....   [tags: Education, Working class, School, Teacher]

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How Can The Morality Of The Rich And The Poor

- How can the morality of the rich and the poor, the wealthy and the impoverished, the affluent and the destitute be compared. Why is it so common to cast these labels when we cannot perceive even the slightest insight into others intuitive minds. I profoundly think that there is an astounding difference in how society views these extremes. Whether it be to compliment the achievements of those who have had the chance to achieve, or to destroy the dreams of those who could not define the sun’s radiance....   [tags: Wealth, Working class, Poverty, Social class]

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Saipan Working Conditions in China

- Many people in China have thought that their lives were too poor, and their working conditions aren’t as good. They needed to raise their family and especially their kids. Their kids need to go to school, and their parents do not want them to waste their chance of a good future. Especially the one that has been working in poor conditions. Their mother. In this essay I would like to examine the working conditions in Saipan. I would like to talk about their lives. My main topic to this essay is “In what ways are the working conditions in Saipan not ideal” I would also decide on which side I will be on....   [tags: working conditions, China, ]

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The Rich Are Getting Richer And The Poor, Poorer By Robert Reich

- Economics of Reich “Why the Rich are getting Richer and the Poor, Poorer” written by Robert Reich, describes as the title says, why the rich are getting richer and the poor, poorer. In Reich’s essay he delves into numerous reasons and gives examples of each. It makes one wonder if the world will continue on the path of complete economic separation between the rich and the poor. One very important factor Reich examines in his essay is that large corporations are always trying to find the edge, whether that is new technology or cheaper wages....   [tags: Working class, Social class, Wage, Minimum wage]

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Poor Leaders And The Common People Who Wanted Change

- Buzzerio 1 Salvatore Buzzerio Mr. Mazzullo Global 2 Honors 1/3/15 The Story of Poor Leaders and the Common People Who Wanted Change There were common factors which lead to revolution in France and Russia. Both governments were disconnected from the common people. The nobility only cared about the upper class and were corrupt. They also ignored the struggles and severe economic suffering of the lower class. France was ruled under a monarchy, which followed the feudal system. This structure benefited the nobility over all other classes....   [tags: Democracy, Social class, Communism, Working class]

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The Revelation Of The New Working Class

- The Revelation of the New Working Class George Saunders, a writer with a particular inclination in modern America, carefully depicts the newly-emerged working class of America and its poor living condition in his literary works. By blending fact with fiction, Saunders intentionally chooses to expose the working class’s hardship, which greatly caused by poverty and illiteracy, through a satirical approach to criticize realistic contemporary situations. In his short story “Sea Oak,” the narrator Thomas who works at a strip club and his elder aunt Bernie who works at Drugtown for minimum are the only two contributors to their impoverished family....   [tags: Working class, Social class, Short story]

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Working-Class Poverty and the Southern Colorado Coal Strike

- The working class has served as an integral part of our capitalist society; as the building blocks, and producers of the goods that supply and support our country, the working class and working poor have faced many struggles to gain working rights. The histories of labor movements in the United States are often silenced from the mainstream culture; while we take our current union laws for granted, long forgotten are the bloody battles that took place to secure these rights. The ideological issues facing our modern day working class have shown to stem from the same socially constructed ideals that existed during past labor wars, such as the Colorado Coal Strike....   [tags: working class, working rights, labor movement]

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Class And Economic Inequality : A Positive Impact On The Lives Of Poor Women

- ... In her essay Working Woman and Mother, Kollontai uses the divergent experiences of working class women and an elite woman to explain just how different the prospects are for women who come from contrasting economic groups. She specifically tries the highlight the nearly impossible challenge of balancing the duties of work and home that hinders the prospects of working-class women. Kollontai believes in the seemingly incompatible duties that a working woman must perform at times, as she writes, “the factory siren calls the woman to work but her child is fretting and crying....   [tags: Working class, Social class, Gender role]

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Why The Rich Are Getting Richer And Poor Poorer

- ... Technology is slowly siphoning jobs away from the blue collar workers that used to work in factories, and those that still have jobs are being paid less. Technology is also increases with respect to transportation. As the Reich’s book observes this trend in transporting costs and says, “… the core is rapidly breaking down into global webs which earn their largest profits from clever problem-solving, identifying, and –brokering. As the cost of transporting standard things… continue to drop” (Reich, 1991, p....   [tags: Wealth, Working class, Upper class, Middle class]

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Garrett Hardin 's Lifeboat Ethics : The Case Against Helping The Poor

- ... On the other hand, if you were to follow your Marxist belief then the fifty people inside the boat would survive but the one hundred on the outside of the boat would not survive. Even though that may seem cruel, according to Hardin it is the only way to survive. Garrett Hardin claims that if countries would be responsible for themselves they would possibly work harder to fix their own problems: “…if each country was solely responsible for its own well-being, poorly managed ones will suffer. But they can learn from experience....   [tags: Poverty, Working class, Garrett Hardin]

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The Undeserving and Deserving Poor Structure

- Having only recently permeated the public and political lexicon, there are few debates that evoke such passion as that of the underclass. Karl Marx tabled the idea of the lumpen proletariat, yet in the modern era, the concept did not take hold in Britain until 1989. Today, the debate focuses on whether frictional forces create a continuum of inequality, or whether a defined underclass does exist. The question asks if 'poor people' belong in a separate underclass, which is a vague definition. There will always be 'poor people', but whether or not this automatically qualifies them as a separate underclass is tenuous at best....   [tags: poor people, social classes, underclass]

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Are the Poor to Blame for Being Poor

- Introduction Poverty is determined by the amount of income that is produced by a family prior to taxes; if this amount is below the threshold determined by the government then they are considered poor (Schriver, 2011). Poverty refers to individuals who are at the bottom of the income distribution and they are unable to provide themselves with the basic necessities to maintain a healthy life. Schriver (2011) stated that poverty is experience more in African Americans than in White Americans and that 91 percent verses 52.6 percent will experience some type of poverty throughout their lifetime....   [tags: socioeconomic analysis]

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Support for the Poor

- Americans have always felt the need to help other people who are struggling. Throughout human history individuals have been supportive of poor families that are in need. Some of the very earliest examples include The British Poor Law, which was effective in the sixteenth century. This law provided assistance to poor children, elderly, ill-even some individuals capable of working were assisted. Cash assistance was given to the needy while able bodied adults were given a job. The poor law was replaced by the public welfare system during The Great Depression....   [tags: Government]

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Life for the Poor in Elizabethan England

- Life for the poor in Elizabethan England was very harsh. The poor did not share the same luxuries and items as the wealthier families. There was no way for the poor to get help that they needed. Unlike today, welfare was not available to give help and support. The government in Tudor England became concerned about the poor that lived in their community. They soon noticed the changes in agriculture during this time period. Do to this people were led away from the country and village life to find employment in the towns....   [tags: historical analysis]

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Traits of Poor Customer Service

- Customer Service We all deal with customer service on some level in our daily tasks. Our experiences are not always pleasant, and I feel that more focus needs be on providing not only just basic customer service but to step it up and provide quality customer service. While there are both external and internal customers, they both should receive the same respect. Service can be provided thru forms of both written and oral communication. How many times have you received an email and thought, “wow that was rude”....   [tags: Business Management ]

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Globalization Hurts the World's Poor

- From an average American's perspective, globalization is a win-win situation for everyone involvedt. But we fail to see the other end of this situation, where lower-class families around the world are faced with troubles. In countries such as Indonesia and India, American companies purposely set up factories and take advantage of the population by giving them wages below minimum wage to manufacture their products. Families are forced to send their children to work in these factories in order to make enough money to survive....   [tags: Outsourcing, Offshoring, Free Trade]

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Industrialization Effects On Working Conditions

- Industrialization Effects on Working Conditions Europe’s industrial advancements emphasized on production rather than the treatment of industrial workers. This included intolerable hours, poor working conditions, and living conditions for families (The Social Question in Coffin, 465). The intolerable conditions of industrialization in the 19th century was referred to as the social question, which pertained to socialist thinkers. Thinkers of the industrial revolution, Robert Owen and Flora Tristan realized the problems of industrial advancement and argued a solution to address them....   [tags: Family, Industrial Revolution, Socialism]

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Poor On The Great Land Called America

- Poor in the great land called America. No one should be poor in this so called land of America. America the land of free and the home of the brave. Living the American dream, now I wonder what that really means. Is it that it’s only a dream for most. When you see the homeless and working families struggle what dream is that. I am pretty sure the homeless did not see poverty coming their way. Those families that struggle to put food on the table are they living the American dream. So, I wish someone would give clarity to the word dream....   [tags: Poverty, Homelessness, Want, Unemployment]

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The Gap Between Rich and Poor In Canada

- National economies are extremely complex. The level of economic development is the major indicator of the place that the country stands on the international economic scene or economic staircase. Many factors are responsible for economic growth and sustainability as well as for crisis and disruption. Nowadays, all the countries of the globe are interconnected and closely intermingled with each other in the net of international economic relations due to globalization. Therefore, Canadian citizens should prevent the gap between rich and the poor to make Canada a greater society....   [tags: Canada Economics]

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The Gap Between the Rich and the Poor in America

- The era of volatility has created a shift from America being the middle-class society to simply rich or poor (Sachs, 2011). A gap this large has not been experienced since the 1920’s (Sachs). “The top 1% of households takes almost a quarter of all household income” but an economy this top heavy will not be able to succeed (Sachs, 2011, p. 30). The working classes are struggling with housing, wage, and employment issues. Rich individuals are ignoring these troubles, shipping their business operations out of the country, thus furthering the downward spiral of the economy (Sachs)....   [tags: Economics]

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Poor Living Conditions and Ill Health

- Introduction Over the past quarter century there has been a growing body of support for the importance of understanding the relationship between poor living conditions and ill-health. These conditions have been referred to as the social determinants of health. There has been a strong push amongst policy makers to study the non-medical determinants of health as opposed to the traditional narrow way of thinking with regards to medical treatments or lifestyle choices (Mikkonen, Raphael 2010). Income and income distribution is thought to be the most important of the social determinants of health because it further influences other social determinants of health for example, low-income families a...   [tags: Social Issues, Minimum Wage]

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Analysis of Rich Dad, Poor Dad

- Introduction Rich Dad, Poor Dad is a book that educates readers about financial literacy. Robert Kiyosaki, the author, has two dads – one rich and one poor, although the rich dad is not his, but his friend’s dad. Both dads have different views about earning money, and Robert had the choice of contrasting both views while growing up. His rich dad’s views were more powerful and useful to Robert. The author guides the reader through six main lessons his rich dad taught him on how to let money work for you, instead of working for money....   [tags: literary analysis, robert kiyosaki]

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My Poor, Poor And Poor Potential Children

- Anxiety and trepidation about the world and all possible outcomes of living in it swims through my gene pool as strongly as male pattern baldness. My poor, poor potential children. The myriad of fears present in my families history reads like an extensive list of phobias taken out of the DSM 5. My predecessors have greatly varied neurosis. Helen refused to swim and travel on highways for fear of being crushed by a passing semi. Eileen has a deeply rooted phobia of Chicago, inspire of the fact she has spent sixty years of her life living only a zip code from it....   [tags: Anxiety, Fear, Anxiety disorder, Panic attack]

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Students With Low Working Memory And Intelligence

- As students fall behind in school, researchers scramble to find ways to increase intelligence. Individuals’ differences in academic achievement have been linked to differences in intelligence. Students with higher mental ability tend to achieve higher in academic settings and in future career choices (Martinez, 2009). In addition to intelligence, working memory seems to play a significant role in determining learning at all ages (Alloway, Gathercole, Adams, & Willis, Eaglen, & Lamont, 2005). Poor working memory is generally observed in children with educational difficulties....   [tags: Scientific method, Cognition, Problem solving]

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The Bank For The Poor

- ... Starting from that definition, is it relevant to stress on how difficult for policy making to draft policies. As it is stated by (Sabatier, 2007) , the process of policy making is a very complex, involving hundreds of stakeholders, interest groups, institutions, political parties, journalist and the research community. All of these actors have different attitudes and preferences that have to be concealed. Since a policy may impact directly and indirectly human beings, it is crucial to create better policies in order to avoid undesirable outcomes....   [tags: Policy, Public policy, Implementation]

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Working in Mills

- Working in Mills The industrial revolution was rushing on at full steam and manufactured goods were at record demands. At a time when men were needed to dig the ditches build the bridges and do heavy manual labor there was still a need for lighter more tedious and just as perilsm jobs that required a specialized worker that of a smaller stature and with nimble hands and bodies that could navigate the crouded workspace of the "modern day" factories....   [tags: Labor History Wage Factory]

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Voting Rates of the American Poor

- In The Working Poor, David Shipler reports that in the 2000 presidential election only 38 percent of Americans with incomes less than $10,000 voted compared to 75 percent of those with incomes over $75,000. (278) These sorts of statistics are not limited to 2000. In the six elections from 1980 to 2000, the average voter turnout of people in the bottom fifth of the income quintiles was 53 percent, while the top fifth averaged over 80 percent (“Election Results”). For the bottom fifth, the average household income was under $11,500 during each election year....   [tags: Politics]

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`` Lifeboat Ethics `` : The Case Against Helping The Poor

- There are several thought processes on the responsibility of the individual in relation to his station in society. One might advocate survival of the fittest while another takes the yoke of burden his brother carries as his own weighted responsibility. This timeless debate has been the focus of essays, books and heated arguments. Two authors, Garret Hardin and Nobel prize winner Muhammed Yunus, show juxtapositions on the subject and merit the examination of their opposing view points. Hardin makes a strong case against helping the poor in his essay entitled “Lifeboat Ethics: The Case Against Helping the Poor.” Yunus has a completely different viewpoint in his writings and shows the merits o...   [tags: Poverty, Sociology, Third World, Wealth]

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The Handicapped Poor in America

- In The Working Poor, David Shipler relates the plight of the invisible poor in America, sharing the stories of laborers across the nation who work but cannot get a firm grip on the slippery surface of the American dream. Shipler also touches on, but does not fully explore, the even thornier path of the disabled, impoverished individual in America. Although a relatively large segment of the population (10-20 percent of the United States population is disabled), the disabled poor encounter setbacks in their struggle to succeed in a world where one’s worth is often judged by one’s economic and educational attainment....   [tags: Disabled Poverty]

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Do Lotteries Benefit The Poor?

- Do Lotteries Benefit the Poor. Lotteries take advantage of the poor in several ways. The lottery entices the poor to waste their money on lottery tickets, rather than everyday necessities, such as food, clothing and shelter. The main way that lottery promoters succeed in attracting the poor is through the persuasive use of advertisements. Other members of anti-lottery groups believe lottery advertisements are deceitful and attract poor people to its promises. Flashy slogans and pictures of large amounts of money are more than enough to pull the needy closer....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Empowering the Poor Through PNPM Rural in Sidayu Village

- Although the data informs that there is no improvement of the welfare of poor people in Sidayu village, but in fact PNPM Rural contributes directly to escalate the welfare of the poor by providing incentive the poor households who involve in the project construction as workers and giving money through micro-credit programs. Up to 2010, there are 142 poor households who stand as project workers paid with 35,000 rupiahs per day by TPK. While in micro-credit program, TPK had distributed 29,000,000 rupiah of loans for 29 the poor women....   [tags: International Government ]

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Gap Between Rich And Poor

- “America the beautiful, Who are you beautiful for?” America, the land of opportunity, but is it really. America is made up of people of many different cultural and social backgrounds. The constitution of the people reads that as Americans, these people are entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These rights were designed in part to attain a sense of equality within the individual so that a sense of unity would exist. Because of the structures within society that influence a person’s character such as the educational, corporate and governmental structures there are many differences in the social, economic, and political sense amongst the individuals....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Government Providing for the Poor

- Government Providing for the Poor "In the Middle Ages men were united by custom and prescription into associations, ranks, guilds, and communities of various kinds. These ties endured as long as life lasted. Consequently, society was dependant, throughout all its details, on status, and the tie, or bond, was sentimental. In out modern state, and in the United States more than anywhere else, the social structure is based on contract, and status is of the least importance." This quote by William Graham Sumner in his 1883 speech "What Social Classes Owe to Each Other" illustrates my main focus of this week's proposed question, "Does American Government have an obligation to provide for the po...   [tags: American America History]

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The Poor Standard of Education in Nigerian Public Schools

- Nigeria is a country blessed with a lot of mineral resources in abundance. In addition, it is one of the richest nations in the world. Notwithstanding, a visit to a handful of some public schools in both rural and urban areas surely leaves many questions in your mind. One would ponder: are these really schools or abandoned historical ruins. The level of infrastructural dilapidation is so appalling, the quality of learning is pitiable, and of course, the standard of education offered is disgraceful....   [tags: Education ]

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The Poverty and Obesity Epidemic

- In the United States, as of 2001, 34% of the population was overweight. (Townsend) Overweight and obesity would seem to be problems associated with the United State’s wealth and more than sufficient food supply. Much attention in recent years has been paid to people becoming more physically fit and changing their diets to become healthier. Gastric bypass surgery has become a popular choice for people trying to overcome extreme obesity. The operation limits “food intake by creating a narrow passage from the upper part of the stomach into the larger lower part, reducing the amount of food the stomach can hold and slowing the passage of food through the stomach.” (NIDDK) The presence of this em...   [tags: Poor, Obesity]

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America 's Working Class During The Nineteenth Century

- In the early nineteenth century, America’s working class suffered greatly by working in sweatshop conditions for unlivable wages on a seventy hour work week. The work place was dangerous and labor laws were unregulated. Instead of going to school, children were running heavy machinery where they could possibly lose a limb or lose a life. The elderly would work right up until they dropped dead on the factory floor. The relentless hours left many sleep deprived and starving. If workers could not keep up with the high demands, they would be fired and then easily replaced....   [tags: Trade union, Employment, Strike action]

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Working-Class Representation

- Literature, as a crucial part of culture, functions as the reflection of reality. According to Marx, “the mode of production in material life determines the general character of the social, political and spiritual processes of life” (Williams 266). Superstructure, as the product of men’s spiritual processes, containing various ideological forms one of which is literature, is not determined by “the consciousness of men”, but by “the social existence” (266). Concerning working-class literature, it follows this rule as well—“the whole class produces and shapes these out of its material foundation and out of the corresponding social conditions” (267)....   [tags: Literature, Ideology, Society]

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Working In Wal-Mart Case

- Problem statements A Wal-Mart photo lab associate, Claude is facing a difficulty concerning attending his father’s major birthday dinner.( Brotheridge, C. 2005) Claude comes from a tight family, and he didn’t want to miss the celebration. However, there is a conflict between his working schedule and the dinner plan. Owing to the inflexibility of the auto scheduler program and his manager’s non-negotiable management style, he was sure that his manager wouldn’t give him the time off. Additionally, he didn’t want to call a sick day, not wanting to bend the truth....   [tags: Business Case Study]

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