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Poverty & Econ. Inequality - Ch6
Transcript of Poverty & Econ. Inequality - Ch6
Poverty and economic inequality serve functions:
are a single parent with one
who can only get a job paying
wage. If you calculate that after paying for clothes, transportation, parking, and childcare, you would be better off financially if you went
payments rather than worked, what would you
Work or Welfare?
Ch: 6 Poverty and
Hate crime laws have strict penalties
More likely to have children while young.
Economic inequality exploitation
Bought political influence.
Corporate welfare, “wealthfare”
Free-market benefits wealthy
Institutional breakdowns create a “culture of poverty”
Feminization of Poverty
Culture of Poverty
Brainstorm ideas, strategies for reducing poverty.
Human poverty index
Families w/ fewer resources
in the U.S.
Favors the rich
1.What if you won a $1 million? - how would your relationships, school, and work change. What would your first splurge be?
2.Can money buy happiness?
3.Go to city-data.com. Analyze and record any data which may be related to economic income or poverty or any statistic that may indicate inequality.
4.How many Americans are currently impoverished? (Caution, the prezi statistic might be a year old!)
5.Pretend you are a single parent with one child who can only get a job paying minimum wage. If you calculate that after paying for clothes, transportation,
parking, and childcare, you would be better off financially if you went on welfare payments rather than worked, what would you do?
7.Find 1 reputable website that are related to poverty. What is it? Why do you think it is reputable?
8.Why do you think the income gap between the rich & poor doubled over the last several decades?
9.Which State has the most people in Poverty? Try statemaster.com
10.List at least 4 ways Social Inequality exists in society. Can you provide examples in the media or society that demonstrate this?
11.Would you rather make $175K/yr when the average income around you is $150k/yr OR $200k/year when the average is $250k/yr. Why?
12.Brainstorm several REALISTIC strategies to reduce Poverty? Look for ideas online.
13.Visit Statemaster.com and see which are the best states to live in. Why did certain states do well/poor? Is this an accurate depiction?
14.List as many reasons as you can illustrating why the poor are poor.
15.How does the STRUCTURAL-FUNCTION, CONFLICT, and SYMBOLIC theories explain poverty?
16.What is the culture of Poverty? Can you find examples of this online?
17.List words that may be used to stigmatize the "poor" in our society.
18.Visit Whitehouse.gov/issues/poverty. Has there been any substantial progress toward this issue? Why or why not?
19.Why might the poor have low rates of voter turnout? What strategies can increase their voter turn-out?
21.How much Money do you think people need to get by? To live reasonably?
22.Who is most likely to be in poverty? Build the person using as many variables as you can (education, race, age, gender, family status, etc).
23.Does the government need to work toward reducing poverty? Why or why not? Is there too much or too little gov't intervention?
24.Can you find examples, videos, articles that illustrate the issue of "hate crimes" online or in the media?
25.How many homeless people are in America? Is this number accurate? Is it a problem? How can we reduce homelessness?
26."Many Poor People Simply Don't want to work hard" Is this a true statement? Why or why not? Can you find examples of this message or statement in the media?
27.Make a list of the words that come to mind when you hear the word "welfare"
28.Create 1 questions that we can ask the class as it relates to Poverty and Economic Inequality?
Optional (Not Required)
Based on three measures of deprivation:
Agree w/ Quotes?
Types of degrees
Even with educ. women make less
Problems associated with poverty create a cycle of poverty among generations
Violence toward homeless - hate crime? Why or why not?
Those labeled “poor” stigmatized as lazy
Wealthy persons are viewed as capable,
How would these areas be affected?
What if you Won $100 million?
$$$ Buy Happiness?
What Is the American Dream
Have The Owners Of This House Achieved it?
- lack resources necessary for material well-being
Would You Rather Make:
K/yr when the average is $
K/yr when the average is $
Keep prices low
Family Stress and
substance abuse, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect and divorce.
Lower-income parents more likely to use harsh disciplinary measures? But why?
Home Alone children.
Wealth Inequality in America
Wealthiest 10% Own 70% of Nation's Wealth
Why Poverty Animation
CEO Compared to Workers
Income gap has doubled between 1960-2000