Analysis Of The Book ' Humans Of The Streets '

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Recently, urbanization has become the newest form of progress. However, it seems that urbanization has created some unforeseen problems. Bocquier suggests “economic uncertainties that prevail in most urban settings lead to a deterioration of living conditions…this deterioration particularly affects the urban poor” (pg. 1). As society began to change and progress at such a quick pace, many people have been left behind and have had to adapt to survive to their new environments. Mikael Theimer’s photograph series titled “Humans of the Streets, Montreal” captures the essence of the rift in western society between the poverty stricken and the majority of society. In this photo, level differences between the man sitting on the ground and those walking past him physically illustrate the status differences represented in society. The homeless man is in a sense “lesser” than the people walking past him. In Robert McAfree Brown’s chapter from his book, Liberation Theology: An Introductory Guide, this class stratification is a result of “structural violence” which makes “the third world [present] in the first world” (Brown 95). In other words, the policies, economy, and etc. that run our society are what creates poverty and class stratification. This knowledge suggests that the societal structure is developed in a way that will help to facilitate the progression of urbanization rather than being designed to help those who are struggling. Furthering this idea, the vectors present in
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