FAMILIES IN POVERTY SECCOMBE PDF

About this title Poverty is a social problem, and finding solutions requires us to look closely at our society, laws and social institutions. Families in Poverty brings together the best and most recent quantitative and qualitative data to examine poverty among U. Some major topics found in the text include: Trends in poverty in the United States; Discussion on how poverty is measured and defined; Critiques on several explanations of poverty; Consequences of poverty on children and adults; Labor market issues such as unemployment, minimum wage, employer-sponsored fringe benefits; Programs in the United States designed to eliminate or red. Some major topics found in the text include: Trends in poverty in the United States Discussion on how poverty is measured and defined Critiques on several explanations of poverty Consequences of poverty on children and adults Labor market issues such as unemployment, minimum wage, employer-sponsored fringe benefits Programs in the United States designed to eliminate or reduce poverty About the Author: Karen Seccombe, Ph. Her work on the health and well-being of poor families, and on the affect of U.

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Get Access In the textbook Families in Poverty by Seccombe , she gives 4 explanations for poverty, which one do you think best explains poverty? Seccombe introduces Individualism, Social Structuralism, Culture of Poverty, and Fatalism in attempt to explain the existence of poverty. All four of them together seem to cover all aspects of poverty and in grave detail.

If I had to choose one that best explains poverty by itself, the Culture of Poverty seems to be most suiting. The description that Seccombe discusses integrates a little bit of both Individualism and Social Structuralism ideologies. It is true that some people are born with advantages that other people do not have. Wealth and family connections create an easier pathway to prosperity and success. However, I am a firm believer that everyone possesses the ability to make something better of their lives.

Without the willpower and drive to get out of poverty, the chances of escaping are slim to none. I liked the story about Donna because it showed that there are situations where an individual like her can come from a life of poverty and turn it into a life she loves and desires. Before the opportunity the agency gave her, she allowed the social structure she was raised in to shape her individual actions. Summarize how poverty entails more than just measuring income levels. The amount of gross income a family brings in can mean something very different across different demographics.

The cost of living in one place can be dramatically higher than that of another place. Things like insurance, benefits, transportation, and family size are also things that should be taken into account. Shipler found that most available jobs had three common traits: They paid low wages, offered no benefits, and led nowhere p.

What do you see as the solution to this dilemma? There are many different routes we could approach as a solution, but many have already been tried and failed. Inflation and minimum wage standards are not increasing at the same speed.

Benefits are crucial when it comes to medical costs, dental, etc. I think one way to overcome the issue with benefits is to implement some sort of law or regulation where a minimum amount of benefits must be offered excluding self employed individuals.

Personally, my mom works for a hospital and the benefits she receives for our family outweigh her actual salary. Work is scarce in our economy today, and majority of people who are employed should feel lucky or potentially steer towards a different career path.

Nine out of ten Americans believe the federal government has a responsibility to alleviate poverty. A strong majority believes that government should do more, not less, to help people move from welfare to work by providing skills needed to be self-sufficient. It is a very fine line that we are struggling with. What are your thoughts?

I think it is important to transition the focus from putting more funding in welfare programs towards the skills themselves needed to be self-sufficient, rather than just providing for them. The need for education or skill training is a major problem for people in poverty. Yes, America is the land of equal opportunity but I think that can be taken too far if the opportunity is just handed to everyone.

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Pages: 3 Get Full Essay Get access to this section to get all the help you need with your essay and educational goals. Get Access In the textbook Families in Poverty by Seccombe , she gives 4 explanations for poverty, which one do you think best explains poverty? Seccombe introduces Individualism, Social Structuralism, Culture of Poverty, and Fatalism in attempt to explain the existence of poverty. All four of them together seem to cover all aspects of poverty and in grave detail. If I had to choose one that best explains poverty by itself, the Culture of Poverty seems to be most suiting. The description that Seccombe discusses integrates a little bit of both Individualism and Social Structuralism ideologies.

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