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2: Poverty

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    14481
    • 2.1: The Measurement and Extent of Poverty
    • 2.2: Who the Poor Are- Social Patterns of Poverty
    • 2.3: Explaining Poverty
      Why does poverty exist, and why and how do poor people end up being poor? The sociological perspectives provide some possible answers to these questions through their attempt to explain why American society is stratified—that is, why it has a range of wealth ranging from the extremely wealthy to the extremely poor. We review what these perspectives say generally about social stratification before turning to explanations focusing specifically on poverty.
    • 2.4: The Consequences of Poverty
    • 2.5: Global Poverty
      As serious as poverty is in the United States, poverty in much of the rest of the world is beyond comprehension to the average American. Many of the world’s poor live in such desperate circumstances that they would envy the lives of poor Americans. Without at all meaning to minimize the plight of the American poor, this section provides a brief look at the world’s poor and at the dimensions of global poverty
    • 2.6: Reducing Poverty
      The lessons from the 1960s’ war on poverty and the experience of other democracies are clear: It is very possible to reduce poverty if, and only if, a nation is willing to fund and implement appropriate programs and policies that address the causes of poverty and that help the poor deal with the immediate and ongoing difficulties they experience.
    • 2.7: End-of-Chapter Material