Combating Poverty Essay

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For some poverty is a way of life the day to day struggle of keeping food on the table and clothes on their back. For others it is something that is seen only on television, and even then it is not so easy to comprehend. This is usually the case with families who are well to do and money is not an issue. They may describe the characteristics of poverty as to not have certain materialistic items such as clothes, cars, accessories etc. However to someone living in those circumstances it may mean not having the basic necessities of life. What causes this to happen in society? How do people and families reach such a state of desperation? Well there are many reasons as to why this happens; poverty can be attributed to a changing society …show more content…

This idea is rooted from one key ideology in the sociological world, and is referred to as Materialism which is "concerned with the conflicts between those social classes that own and control the means and distribution of economic production and scarce resources and those classes that do not" (Nelson and Robinson 88). With this in mind one can basically see quite clearly that women are going to be much more vulnerable to being poor than men. Looking at the current society it has been noted by statistics Canada that for every five women one is living in poverty, which equals 2.8 million women (Criaw 1). This includes all categories of women single parent mothers, single women, women with disabilities and even seniors. The three articles which were chosen and going to be discussed for this paper are "Runaway jobs leave a city gasping" by Pat Currie who looks at the recent announcement for the closing of the Navistar truck plant in Chatham next summer which will leave many people without jobs. The second article written by Frank Calleja discusses the Daily Bread food bank and its challenge to keep shelves stocked for users. The food bank has experienced a severe drop in donations and is in need of food especially for the upcoming holiday season. The final article deals with the use of emergency shelters nation wide and also looks specifically

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