The Poverty Level Of The Family Essay

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Throughout Tammy’s Story, the poverty level of the family is clearly shown. In the beginning, Tammy lived in a trailer park with her two sons without a car. Without her car, Tammy had to walk to her job at Burger King. While watching this video, this family did not have a lot of social mobility, as social mobility is the “movement of individuals or groups from one position in a society’s stratification system to another” (Schaefer, 195). Tammy held an intragenerational horizontal social mobility, whereas one son held intergenerational vertical and the other held intergenerational horizontal. Tammy’s family fits the description of a culture of poverty theory. The Crabtree family depicts the culture of poverty theory for the reason that it states “the poor hold values that keep them from becoming successful” (Schaefer, 194). Tammy had been working at Burger King for over ten years, which expresses that she has a poor work ethic. Although she had held her job, she did not improve the job she had. If Tammy had gone to a college to get a degree that would increase her chance of upward mobility. Her aspirations were to become a teacher, and could have achieved that goal if she put a good work ethic into it. She did not become successful after the ten years. Although Tammy was poor, she was able to have a home for her family. She was able to achieve keeping a home, although it was small and looked at as trashy by many neighbors. Tammy and her family lived in a closed system…

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