Rethinking American Poverty Summary

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Rethinking American Poverty
Definitions of the three theories that could support the article “Rethinking American
Poverty” is necessary to determine sociological perspective that would support Mark R. Ranks article. A Functionalist Theory is based on a system of interconnected parts working together to maintain social stability. A Conflict Theory is based on different cultures of people with different interests struggling to gain all or part of the resources available. A Symbolic
Interactionist Perspective looks at the effect institutions and large social groups have over society. The article “Rethinking American Poverty” draws all three theories together to form a conclusive basis that there are parts of each theory that affects …show more content…

The author continues to focus on poverty as it affect everyone in general, whereas we as a whole fail to see the actual concept. As we look upon our country we tend to spend billions of the U. S dollars on aiding those who need assistants. We as a society has fail to prevent poverty as it has stricken our country with a high rates of people who are affected by it.

The author suggests that individually we have a perspective way of how our high rates of poverty raises. Nevertheless we see poverty rising, however we seem to focus our attention on other social issues that is not as important as poverty. The Structural focus on the lack of education, or poor decision making skills which contributes to poverty. Morally we must be concerned and come closely with an approach toward poverty. Therefore, as a result we see poverty as an individual that bring it upon themselves. As an American we see poverty as “It’s there problem and not mine”. Sociologically analyzing the author weaknesses consist of failing at the structural rather than the individual. The moral perception is were we seem to place the blame on others to

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