Analysis Of The Working Poor By David K. Proceso Essay

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Working Poor Book Summary
Three Main Points The Working Poor was written by David K. Shipler. The book gives readers a perspective of what life is like after poverty strikes. Each chapter focuses on either the contributing factors, the causes, or the effects of poverty. In the introduction of the book, Shipler paints the disturbing picture of what it’s like to live in poverty. The line on page 4, “an inconvenience to an affluent family- minor car trouble, brief illness, disruptive child care- is a crisis for them” helped illustrate this. This book provided evidence to back this up and I have also witnessed the unfortunate truth behind this statement. In early October, my tires got slashed, along with 40 other people in my neighborhood. As a member of the middle class, this was just a nuisance for me. My insurance company towed my car the next morning and I had new tires by the end of the day. This wasn’t the case for every victim of the vandalization, however. I noticed a few days after the incident that one of my neighbors was having a yard sale. I thought it was strange because it was in the middle of the day on a Tuesday. I decided to go check it out and got caught up in conversation with the man who lived at the house. He told me that when his tires were slashed he missed work the next morning, lost his job, and he was trying to sell his belongings so that his house would not get foreclosed on. It just goes to show that those who live in poverty are…

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