Annotated Bibliography: Understanding Poverty

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Poverty, Annotated Bibliography
Alcock, P., & Jo, C. (2006). Understanding poverty. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
This book takes a broad perspective on the issue of poverty andanalyzes it in depth.
The best thing about Understanding Poverty is that it covers the ground. Alcock divides the book into four sections which include the background of poverty, definition and measurement of poverty, social divisions, and poverty encompassing gender, race, age and disability and lastly a policy framework. As it occurs, the author has given the subject of poverty a comprehensive approach. The chapters occur in that they are linked with each other, and the explanations are cross-linked making it much easier to grasp the concepts. At the start, the author
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(n.d.). Census.gov. Retrieved from Poverty Main: https://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/ This database contains all the latest data on poverty level in the USA. In conjunction with various government agencies, community development groups, and the civil society, the United States Census Bureau conducts surveys to monitor the trends in poverty level across the nation. It reports the poverty data from household survey programs. The official national estimates of poverty are made here by analyzing The Annual Social and Economic Supplement with what the present population study has. Their area of analysis is largely the degree and what are the sources of poverty in the United States. The result of this is the inequality that is seen in the society and what impacts does this have on the growth and development of the nation. Then again, they review and survey on the household data and methods of achieving this is found from this database as well. Data presented here comprises of analytically analyzed poverty and inequality measures, from various agencies that monitor the poverty level in the society compared from a global…show more content…
‘Few matters in this nation has more myths and stereotypes surrounding them that poverty’ (Mark, 2013). This occurs because the issue is politicized distorting the truth that is presented on this subject. Firstly, it is a myth that the rate of poverty in this nation is down and that those affected by this are not many. The fact is that there are a good number of poor people in the country and have been subjected to advent poverty for a long time now, and most of them stay in the inner city. The author presents his research whereby he claims that the population in contact with poverty is overwhelming. His hypotheses are that more than 40 percent of Americans will have experienced poverty at some point in their lives between the ages of 25 to 60. Similarly, 54 percent of Americans could have experienced poverty for at least a year in their lives. However, though many will experience poverty, the experience is short-lived. Another important thing from the article is that povertyis widely distributed with respect to time and place. He disputes the notion that those who are poor are non-white and backs it up with research findings that established two-thirds of the poor to be

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