Economic and Sociological Perspective on the Book, Outcasts United

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Outcasts United from Economic and Sociological Perspective Outcasts United by Warren St. John is a wonderful book about a community of refugees who live in Clarkston, Georgia and their struggles to adapt with foreign environment of the United States. The book tells the stories of refugees that come from different background and countries in which they are connected together by an American- educated Jordanian woman called Luma Mufleh. Despite their difficulties in establishing new identity, they found their passion in soccer and with Luma Mufleh as their coach they create a soccer team called Fugees. In the early chapters of the book, it illustrates the difficulties to make a group of kids from different background unite and work together…show more content…
Similar to the concept of incentives in economics that describe people make decision according to incentives offered which is further clarified in the law of demand where consumers have the incentives to buy more when price is lower. Both families’ situations have given them the incentives to come to the United States for better living. The incentives are freedom from political persecution, greater opportunities for jobs, and economic stability. Opportunity cost will also occur when it comes to making choices whether in economic decision or in daily basis. In this situation, the opportunity cost for those refugees are loss of trust in their countries, broken relationship with their familiar neighborhood, and deviation from their familiar tradition and culture. Incentives and opportunity cost are then used to measure their economic profit by moving to the United States just like the way economists calculate economic profit in economic context. The difference is that in economic context we are provided with quantitative data while in this case we are provided with qualitative data. However the logic remains the same, if gains from the decision are greater than the opportunity cost it is economic profit. The refugees in this case have more incentives to come to United States because of the gains obtained from moving exceed their opportunity cost which is also known as their
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