John Galbraith The Position Of Poverty Analysis

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In the essay “the Position of Poverty” by John Kenneth Galbraith, he describes how poverty fits in two categories: case poverty and insular poverty. Case poverty is poverty that affects people themselves; it is a personal matter. Poverty is when there is no money to make ends meet. It can be short term or long term depending on how a person can bounce back on their feet. There are two kinds of poverty. Insular poverty is when it affects everyone in the region. People live in rural areas where there is no school or medical attention, or they live in the poorest part of the city where there is overcrowding and no money put back into the community. The insular poverty is forever and it’s passed down from generation-to-generation. We know…show more content…
This is where everyone is poor. All members of the community don’t not participation in economic life. There is no money to give. The people affected by this usually are all the same race. Case poverty reminds me of the dust bowl farmers. They planted on the same area of land and they might get a good crop once everyone three years but then they might not. They stay there because it is their family land and they will live on it even if the family unit breaks down. Disintegration of the family households in the hands of women is the second effect. Single parents are left to raise the family. There is no dual income. A mother had to be a father to this family. People can’t afford day care and other expenses especially any extra education. Education is the third effect of case poverty. Schools are no where to be found in rural areas. No money coming in to help the community. It is quite sad that students have to be bused to another area because of schooling. Everyone deserves an education.
The differences between case and insular poverty are pretty much the same except in the number of people affected. In some of the cases, I would think someone can bounce back from either one of these if given the opportunity. People in these areas need more opportunity to grow and success. Sometimes the place where you live just doesn’t give you the benefit any more. It’s hard to realize that people are still poor when some people have such great

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