The undeserving are people who don’t want to work and often it is assumed that all able-bodied unemployed people fit into that category. The undeserving such as vagrants and unmarried mothers were treated harshly. The underserving poor were those who were poor because of laziness or personal problem like drunkenness. . But the undeserving poor had earned their poverty not only by refusing to work, or to work hard enough, but also by rejecting the middle-class model.
In the old poor law going into a work house was for the able bodied poor and outdoor relief was for the incompetent poor, the amount of money being given out was tried to be minimised. It was also seen as being inefficient as people such as Thomas Malthus and David Ricardo noticed that many people became too reliant upon the poor law and handouts, they started to lose independence and didn't see the point in working hard when they could just receive money from the poor rate system. If people didn't receive enough money in their wages to cover the costs for basic needs such as food, their wages would be 'topped' up, allowing them to be able to afford the necessities. However in some ways the way in
Poverty is not only a lack of sufficient income or material possessions. It is also a condition in which people lack prestige and have less access to resources. The poor often have different lifestyles and different values from those of people not living in poverty. The conditions that poor people often cope with may include: unemployment or off-and-on employment, low-status and low-skill jobs, unstable family and relationships, low involvement in the community, a sense of being isolated from society, low ambition, and feelings of helplessness. Many people living in poverty are divorced, are single parents, or have unhappy marriages.
But, researchers are not shadowing light on why low income people are poor and often stay that way. A healthy, vibrant family man, and a prize winning journalist David K. Shipler seemed concerned about others than about himself. The Working Poor: Invisible in America, tells us that poverty is the fault of society. The poor faces a system that makes it almost impossible for them to rise. The writer, describes the lives of America’s low wage earners and families living in or near poverty line, interviewing many individuals and narrating their stories in great details.
On top of that, the tension that grows after discovering that one could have a higher standard of living than what they currently have, sometimes results in an act of rebellion or even violence. The more intense the feeling of deprivation, the more intense the act of violence. However, relative deprivation is only a perception. For example, one perspective may view an individual as working class, while the individual themselves may think they are living in extreme poverty. Perhaps a huge catalyst that allowed Barrington Moore’s classical model to progress was relative deprivation.
Peer pressure worsens behavior. Came as a means of punishment look at the crimes that each other came at the facility and try to be the best and think it is cool. From her research she found that, When they are being released they are worst than as they came in, which can create a higher risk to them in society, and in so doing end up in prison as adults. Jennifer Gonnerman, in her essay makes the case that, “Tyron has become a penal colony for kids,” The kids feel isolated because of the distance, location and conditions and treatment receive at the juvenile center. “The moment the wire fence went up,” They are being treated as prisoners, not only because of peer pressure as Maia said but Jennifer confirms it that the treatment receive in the center are likely a cause of them returning
Are the Poor people committing more crimes than the Rich? Fact: The rich commit far more crime than the poor and evades Punishment. Most economists writings I read have a glib answer: Poor people are more often arrested and charged for committing crimes, but the fact is that the master minds under all these crimes, or the people who encourage the poor to do these crimes are often the high class people. Crime is just one of many, many "social pathologies" that are more often over-represented among the poor: alcoholism, drug abuse, obesity, illegitimacy, etc. And of course none of these are good escape routes from poverty and we all believe in the term "poverty causes crime".
A lack of affordable housing has contributed to homelessness. The loss of affordable housing puts a great number of people at risk of homelessness. The lack of affordable housing has led to high rent burdens (rents which absorb a high proportion of income), overcrowding, and substandard housing. These phenomena’s, in turn, have not only forced many people to become homeless; they have put a large and growing number of people at risk of becoming homeless. Excessive waiting lists for public housing mean that people must remain in shelters or inadequate housing arrangements longer.
Juvenile delinquents sometimes suffer from conditions such as mental disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or bipolar disorder. Conduct disorder may also be the cause and/or effect of their actions. Juveniles who are at risk of offending often live in problematic circumstances. Children who have lost their parents or are living alone and lack the basic necessities such as housing and food are more prone to becoming juvenile delinquents. The causes for children being lest alone or orphaned may be cause by society and not necessarily by accident.
This pessimistic view on the abilities of low socioeconomic income youth continues to influence their lack of academic performance. Children who are raised under harsh financial circumstances are deprived of the psychological and educational resources leaving them ill prepared and more likely to be unsuccessful adults in the future. Economics and race plays a factoring role in the quality of living conditions of many individuals. In the American society many people are struggling to make ends meet within their everyday lives. Many are living from paycheck to paycheck, essentially not always guaranteed the proper wages in order to meet all of their needs.