SOC 402: The Problem Of Poverty Is A Serious Social Problem

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The Problem of Poverty Jededia Higgins SOC 402 Professor Wilson June 10, 2008 The Problem of Poverty In modern America, it is not uncommon to observe poverty in everyday life. You may see a man asking for money outside a store, or another person holding a sign on the highway typically asking for money, work, food, or a ride. Most go on with their lives either thinking these people are lazy, or simply pity them and never give it a second thought. What most fail to realize is that poverty is a serious social problem that is both domestic and foreign. There are circumstances which perpetuate poverty and trump the basic rights of the individuals who endure it. In a country so powerful and wealthy how is it that such extremely unacceptable…show more content…
For many living in poverty, some of these are not an option. For one, inequality among those in different socioeconomic groups is evident when observing social interaction between groups. In most cases, the rich associate with the rich, the middle class with the middle class, and likewise for the lower classes. Many people hold the attitude that others on welfare or living below or at poverty level are lazy and abusive to the system. Some even believe that because some do not work, that they actually live better than an individual who does have to work (Lauer and Lauer, pp 169, 170). This attitude toward the impoverished often leads to feelings of worthlessness and despair and robs them of human right to dignity. This, in turn, causes even more serious problems among the poor such as…show more content…
Crime rates among those living in poverty are far higher than any other socioeconomic class. Aside from attempting to compensate for their financial shortcomings, there are many other reasons people may resort to crime. Living on such a tight budget can often cause stressors in peoples lives. This comes from feelings of inadequacy, despair, hopelessness, and maybe even the feeling that a person is not providing well enough for his or her family. Crime in poor neighborhoods is often perpetuated by the neighborhood itself. Similar to the social structure of the prison system, when youth and sometimes even adults are in an environment where it is almost socially acceptable behavior to commit crimes, they find themselves giving in to social norms. Children especially who experience this kind of behavior at an early age can develop a passive attitude toward crime. It is also somewhat common in very poor families to find that the effect of poverty on the parents trickles down to the children. A lack of attention, love, encouragement, or affection toward a child can lead them to seek such things elsewhere, usually in others in the neighborhood. If they are more accepted in a group that condones crime, the more likely it is that they will assimilate that

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