Analysis Of The Movie Poor Kids

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While watching the film Poor Kids, I found myself thinking back to my own childhood. I grew up in a family consisting of my single mother, my younger sister, and myself. I would never consider my background one of affluency. Despite this it is jarring to think of how differently my early years were compared to those of children living in poverty. While there were times when I could tell my family was tight on money, I always had a hot shower waiting for me. Although I was on the free and reduced lunch program at my school for many years, no one in my family ever had to go without three meals a day. I never had to worry about the financial state of my family. Seeing this film made me reconsider how I viewed poverty and why it’s so important to acknowledge its prevalence in the U.S. Poverty, in a very basic sense, is the state of inability to purchase necessary and desired items. However, poverty is much more complex than this single definition (Kirst-Ashman, 2010). Poverty can also be characterized in terms of relativity, that is in comparison to the living standards of the majority in a society. Here in the U.S. the government calculates a poverty line to define an income level that families and individuals must live under to be considered impoverished (Giddens, Duneier, Appelbaum, Carr, 2009). I would also define poverty as the need for programs and benefits to acquire necessities and in terms of the physical, emotional, and psychological effects it creates. There were a
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