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Defined ◦ See page 161, L&L Chapter 6 Absolute vs. Relative Poverty Evaluate levels in terms of the standard of living ◦ Standard of living, defined
Cost of living differences Doesn’t hit the “Dream Line” Assumes constant social mobility
Based on a “nutritionally inadequate food plan” The Trouble with the “Official” Definition: ◦ It “excludes many people who define themselves, and whom most of you would define, as poor” (L&L 2010:162) Intersects with other social problems and institutions
U.S. has the rate in the developed world More in poverty, though have a higher poverty rate 1 of every 5 children live in poverty (2006) “there is also a core of people who remain in poverty, an underclass that experiences chronic hunger and malnutrition, unemployment, and substandard housing” (Lauer and Lauer xxxx:164) ◦ The Working Poor
Higher rate of infant mortality More likely to More likely to be More likely to Lower levels of social trust Less likely to participate in civic life A “small” problem (to us) might be a major life impediment to the poor
The more money we have, the happier we are ◦ Only to a certain point… Perceived happiness What does it mean to be poor?
Myth 1 – “Welfare people are lazy…” Myth 2 – “Welfare makes life easy…” Myth 3 – “People become addicted to welfare…”