James Baldwin once said, “Anyone who has struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.” Poverty, existing all around the world, is a long term effect that drastically affects people’s lives. The federal government defines this term as the state of being extremely poor and lacking the basic human necessities. If a family’s total income is less than the family’s threshold, then every member of that family is considered to be living in poverty (1). In my opinion, poverty means that you do not have enough money to live a comfortable lifestyle. You are barely getting by, and you cannot purchase necessary items such as food, clothes, and other cosmetics. Other conditions that I view as poverty include not having a suitable home to live in, and not having a job that pays you enough money to live a normal life. Unfortunately, poverty is among more people than we think, and it continues to negatively affect people and their lives. Poverty and health are often said to be intertwined. An analysis of poverty rates and health published in the September issue of “The American Journal of Preventive Medicine” discovered that people living in poverty are more likely to develop chronic illnesses (2). In addition, people who live in poverty, make greater demands on the health care system. For example, Dr. Arthur Stone said, “People with more money or education would have better access to healthcare, and hence they would do better.” (3) Many diseases are also associated with poverty. Some of these diseases include HIV, AIDS, malaria, and asthma. Many of these illnesses are caused from lack of proper sanitation, pollution, infestation of insects in homes, lack of air conditioning, mold in homes, sharing of needles and other dangerous forms of direct contact between humans (4). Therefore, these diseases are often caused by poverty-related issues and are mostly among people who cannot afford to buy necessary products to take care of themselves. Unfortunately, here on Long Island poverty does exist. According to the Self Sufficiency Standard of 2010, families living on Long Island who make less than $85,000 have a hard time living a comfortable life. In addition, the 2010 American Community Survey discovered that the child poverty rate was 7.6% in Nassau County, and 7% in Suffolk. For black and Hispanic children, the poverty rate in Nassau was 14.2% and 15.8% in Suffolk. This happens to be a 34% increase from 2008 (5). In 2012, the ranks of poor people in the United States increased to nearly 1 in 6 people. Reaching a new high as a long-term unemployment left millions of Americans out of work and struggling to survive (6). Here in Kings Park, my local community, poverty also exists. Compared to New York as a whole which has a poverty rate of 8.8%, Kings Park has a poverty level of 3.7% (11). Although more and more programs are starting to develop to decrease poverty levels all around the world, people are struggling to eliminate the poverty in their lives. All around the world different socio-economic groups are more likely to be poor than others. On Long Island, African Americans and Latinos make up most of the people that are living in poverty (7). In 2010, the poverty rate for African Americans was 9.6% in Nassau County, and 10.2% in Suffolk. Hispanics made up 14.9% of Nassau County, and 10.3% of Suffolk. Both of these races exceed the poverty of whites on Long Island which was found to be 4.5% in Nassau County, and 5.4% in Suffolk. Another socio-economic group that experiences poverty is Asians with 4% in Nassau and 8.4% in Suffolk (8). More studies show that African American children are three times more likely to live in poverty that Caucasian children and American Indian/Alaska Native, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian families are more likely than Caucasian and Asian families to live a poor lifestyle (9). In conclusion, there are different socio-economic groups that are more likely to be poor
authoritarian countries. Radio Haiti represents something crucial to a real democracy - the freedom of speech and expression. None of the three governments shown in the film were real democracy and the Haitians continued to suffer through repression and poverty. Two thoughts popped up in my head while I was watching the film: the looming presence of the military and the authorities' fear of free media. Throughout the transition from dictatorship to "democracy", the military played a very important role and…
African American Culture in a Modern American Dominant Sociology
Intro to Sociology
September 3, 2010
African American culture in the United States refers to the cultural contributions of Americans African descent to the culture of the United States, either as part of or distinct from American culture. The distinct identity of African American culture is rooted in the historical experience of the African American people. The culture is both distinct and enormously influential…
Hour Children Inc.
July 28, 2014
Author Note: This research is dedicated to a distinct group of children who is often ignored by policymakers and the larger societies in the United States, yet who inspire many concerned citizens to help them make a difference. The essay is written for the Social Problems course in section SOC: 301.90 at Post University, and taught by Dr. Andrew Wagner.
Sociological perspectives of criminal behavior define certain…
measuring poverty in new zealand
Senior Lecturer in Public Policy
Victoria University of Wellington
Social Policy Consultant
Lower Hutt Family Centre
In Issue Four of this journal, Krishnan (1995) published a statistical analysis of trends in poverty, using six different poverty thresholds. Her analysis showed an increase in the incidence of poverty for all of the different categories of household types…
WHAT IS MEANT BY DRUG DEPENDENCY?
Drug dependence is a situation where an addict feels he/she must have drugs in order to live; this is the term to describe psychological dependence. Physical dependence occurs when the body metabolism adapts to the presence of the drugs, when the drug is removed strong withdrawal symptoms are produced. This withdrawal syndrome is experienced as sickness, stomach upset and muscular pain. Hallucinations and convulsions may also occur.
EXPLAIN WHY ALCOHOL IS A…
equator and bordered to the west by the Atlantic Ocean and to the east by the Indian Ocean. Roughly the shape of an inverted triangle with a large bulge on its northwestern end and a small horn on its eastern tip it contains 52 countries and six islands that, together, make up about 11.5 million square miles, or 20 percent of the world's land mass.
Africa is essentially a huge plateau divided naturally into two sections. Northern Africa, a culturally and historically Mediterranean region, includes…
writes “In many cases, families with older parents or immigrant parents who cannot cope with changing times or a different culture” (Neuharth 2). In the early 1900’s, the lower class was made up of mainly immigrants and people who were born into poverty. Most of those people never even attempted to better themselves and move up in social society. Neuharth writes about a sign of an unfit parent to be “Socially dysfunctional” (4). Alfred Doolittle fits that description because he likes his life of…
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The BRICs and the Washington
Consensus: An introduction
Cornel Ban & Mark Blyth
Boston University , Boston , Massachusetts , USA
Brown University , Providence , Rhode Island , USA
Published online: 15 Apr 2013.
To cite this article: Cornel Ban & Mark Blyth (2013) The BRICs and the Washington
Consensus: An introduction, Review of International Political Economy, 20:2, 241-255,
Rethinking Mercantilism: Political Economy, the British Empire, and the Atlantic World in
the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Author(s): Steve Pincus
Source: The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 69, No. 1 (January 2012), pp. 3-34
Published by: Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5309/willmaryquar.69.1.0003 .
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