Essay about Precious

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Precious: A Case Study
Use sociological concepts to make sense out of the life of 16 year old Clareece
"Precious" Jones (an overweight, illiterate African-American teen in Harlem), as
depicted in the 2009 film Precious. It’s based on the novel Push by Sapphire.
Note: Precious (part 1) and Precious (part 2) are two separate assignments with different dues dates, even though both
sections are presented in this single document. Please check the Course Calendar for the different due dates. Precious (part 1)
consists of questions 1-11. Precious (part 2) covers questions 12-27.
Chapters 1 & 2: Review
1. How does rational choice theory help explain why some economically marginalized
people, who feel caught in a cycle of poverty
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this budget without knowing what Precious’ income will be (that information will
come later). In preparing the budget, account for the following expenses: housing
costs, including utilities (heat, phone); food; transportation (a used car with insurance,
gas, car maintenance; or public transportation); entertainment and gifts (birthday,
etc.); clothes and shoes for Precious and her two children (including diapers for the
baby); personal hygiene and beauty products; health insurance and medicine; and
whatever else you believe to be essential. Note: You must submit your actual itemized
budget to earn credit.
b.) Based on the “Combined TANF Maximum Cash Welfare and SNAP Benefits for a
Family of Three, By State, July 2009” (the latest available figures), how much money
is Precious is entitled to receive from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
(TANF), the federal government program for the poor commonly known as
"welfare," and how much does she get from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program (SNAP), formerly the Food Stamp Program? Note: When Precious moves
out on her own, she will not will be covered by Medicaid (or the Oregon Health
Plan), but her children will. At the present time, the Section 8 Housing Voucher
program, which provides rent subsidies for low-income families, is closed to new

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