The Concept Of Absolute Poverty

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Poverty can be defined in numerous ways; Merriam Webster Dictionary defines poverty as, the state of a person who lacks customary or socially acceptable monetary or material possessions. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2015) I believe that to define poverty accurately one must consider the environment. The layman’s idea of poverty in America may relate on a level of not having the ability to own material possessions such as televisions, furniture, name brand clothing and a car. While the layman’s idea of poverty in Ethiopia may include the lack of clean water, food, housing and no clothes whatsoever. Although many people in America live without the necessities to sustain a bountiful life, programs do exist that ensure shelter and basic necessities …show more content…
Relative poverty is in view of examination or comparison. A person whose circumstances are distraught; contrasted with someone else or time, is encountering relative poverty. Our textbook gives the illustration of two individuals whom both receive TANF; however, one of them has a comparative advantage over the other, due to miniscule side employments that supplement her income. Absolute Poverty is centered on a fixed level of capitals, or a threshold. Whoever’s resources drop beneath the threshold, experiences absolute poverty. Eligibility necessities for poverty programs through the government, such as TANF, replicate the concept of absolute poverty. (Smith Barusch, …show more content…
A child often has an internal stigmatization about being poor, they feel poorly about themselves in light of their circumstances. They often feel that others think less of them too. Often times there is a perceived sense of embarrassment due to poverty and the child can fall into depression.
Additionally, poverty has numerous causes including; lack of education, personal circumstances, environment, mental and physical illness. It is interesting to me that lack of education is not only a cause but also a consequence of poverty, along with mental illness and the environment. Poverty is often generational and a lack of education for a parent comes full circle and becomes the child’s problem. If a caregiver does not have a normal level of education the child will lack the determination and support to meet or exceed expectations academically. This is not always the case, but more often than not, it

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