Mistaking Poverty Throughout the text, “Changing the Face of Poverty,” Diana George is certainly precise when claiming that the common representations of poverty limit our understanding of it. She expresses that most of our knowledge of poverty becomes misinterpreted due to advertisements, media, and images. Consequently, the way that we look at poverty focuses around that in which is in third-world countries, but poverty can be anywhere, even in your backyard. American citizens are the audience for the text, because Americans typically portray as being wealthy, happy people who are oblivious to the poverty-stricken areas surrounding them.
I remember being a little kid and whenever my family and I would see a homeless person with a sign my parents would say, “Don’t make eye contact,” or “They probably don’t even have a problem, they’re just begging.” I remember when I made my dad buy a woman and her children McDonalds because she had a sign about having no money for food and she had no home and I felt bad for her kids. I remember my dad giving her the McDonalds and her saying to my dad, “I’d rather just have the money.” That’s when I stopped feeling sympathetic towards the poor and homeless. That’s when I decided if they wanted to be out of poverty then they could work for it
In A Framework for Understanding Poverty, Ruby Payne try’s to explain the behaviors and barriers of three social classes: poverty, middle class, and wealth. Beyond the social class of poverty, it’s a breakdown of the elements of the classes and the ‘hidden rules’ each one has. She stresses that these hidden rules aren’t taught in businesses or schools, these of which function as the hidden rules of middle class. Payne states these hidden rules aren’t exactly natural, they’re learned, and as one grows up in a particular class those rules are set in place. She lists all the rules in each class, and the differences are striking.
A culture of poverty phenomena does exist. The work of Durlauf (2011) supports the culture of poverty phenomena through explaining how the theory of poverty whether it pertains to a family, a community, or a larger society all have one thing in common, a cycle of poverty that has been learned and passed down from generation to generation creating poverty traps. Poverty traps hinder the poor from surpassing values, norms, and learned behaviors that cause people to remain in poverty. The cycle of poverty is generated by many different factors, however, it is not defined by socioeconomic status or by ethnicity. There are situations where individuals live under dire circumstances within the lower socioeconomic status, yet are still able
Introduction So Rich, So Poor: Why It's So Hard to End Poverty in America is a masterpiece of economic analysis by Peter Edelman. A former aide to the Senator Robert F. Kennedy, that the author focuses on how the nation that is considered to the greatest is at the center of the poverty as a subject of national discussion. While stopped working with Senator Kennedy he fought against all odds to highlight this serious state of the nation. In fact, against all the odds, Peter Edelman sets forth to give an intriguing analysis of what the United States has become; the new poverty frontier.
In the passage “What is poverty?”, the author Jo Goodwin Parker, describes a variety of things that she considers to portray the poverty in which she lives in. She seems to do this through her use of first-person point of view to deliver a view of poverty created by a focused use of rhetorical questions, metaphors, imagery, and repetition to fill her audience with a sense of empathy towards the poor. The author’s use of first person point of view creates the effect of knowing exactly what she is feeling. “The baby and I suffered on. I have to decide every day if I can bear to put my cracked hands into the cold water and strong soap.”
Class Is presented from the beginning you are born till the end. During the period of your life you can either change your social class or stay the same as society defines you. Jane Eyre is a english novel that explores social class that hold no boundaries that could be crossed. Charlotte Bronte focuses on status flexibility and how Jane the protagonist in the story deals with other characters and evaluates their personalities and how the economic shifts have changed them for the better or for the worst. Poverty looked down upon, but is as degrading as being wealthy.
Some of the interesting subjects in the documentary are how the permanent underclass came to be and how the low wages keep it in check. Back in the days, there were a lot of heavy industry in Chicago and many people worked in factories, where they had no need for education and many were not skilled. The times changed and it has become difficult to find jobs for those without an education and with few to no skills. The wages are kept low because of the high unemployment rates and even people with jobs live in poverty. The low wages keep people poor and the poor people keep the wages low.
To put it simply, my first job was a very rough line of work. It was one in which I produced copious amounts of sweat, clashed with ludicrous heat, and contended with jagged drill bits that cut me frequently. My first day on the job, I made the mistake of not wearing sunscreen. My skin was not used to being exposed to the sun for that long, and it burnt me until I was redder than the devil. During my time working, I entered some very dangerous areas.
Spoken word poetry, no matter the length, short or long, the words are brought together to tell a story. A story of someone's personal experience or something in society that needs to be heard. Spoken word poetry is an effective way to communicate because you can see the emotion and the body language of the performer. The Spoken Word piece “Knock Knock” by Daniel Beaty is an example of this emotion and story telling style. Beaty tells about his story and how his dad was put in jail and the racism and stereotypes that he faced.