Poverty Is A Social Phenomenon Essay

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Poverty is a social phenomenon that affects every person around the world and has been a reoccurring issue throughout human history. The definition of poverty varies on social, cultural, and governmental policies, and it is an intricate event with no “simple solutions” as all problems are interrelated one way or another. Fundamentally, poverty is the state of “one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions” and is unable to participate effectively in society (Merriam-webster, 2015). However, the concept of poverty can be further divided as absolute and relative poverty; absolute poverty measures “poverty in relation to the amount of money necessary to meet basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter” whereas relative poverty defines “poverty in relation to the economic status of other members of the society” (UNESCO, 2016). The effects of poverty occur in a perpetual endless cycle, and it is likely to continue unless interventions are made. The question then comes to how does poverty affect children growing up? The majority of children living in poverty is due to their parents’ inability to provide resources (poor social income) and/or a lack in parental responsibilities. Although there are a variety of factors, the key components that contribute to and affects a child’s development are caused by adult poverty, a lack of education, and lack in health care services.
Adult poverty is often correlated with unemployment and disabilities,…

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