Is Homelessness Not Just A Problem?

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In the technologically advanced world of the Twenty-First Century, where computer technology has eradicated borders in society, creating unique communication opportunities and business ventures worldwide without leaving home is phenomenal. The significance of the advances in technology is the fact that homelessness is not just a problem in the United States, it has global implications. The people that die and are displaced as a result of homelessness is a major challenge to social justice. Through the tenets of the Critical Race Theory, it’s been statistically qualified and quantified that minority groups are frequently targeted and suffer from socioeconomic neglect, resulting in homelessness. The Lack of equal access to supportive…show more content…
According to Neal (2007, p.46) “Potent social forces [capitalism, patriarchy, imperialism, home ownership] do exist and being homeless is to lose a stake in several of them” This paper will explore three different theoretical approaches to addressing the homeless problem that plagues our society from three different social theorists in the historical context of Classical, modernist and postmodern. Karl Marx, a social theorist from the classical era challenged the status quo by illustrating the affect the rich bourgeoisie had on the proletariat. According to Marx the bourgeoisie which represented the rich oppressors, who exploited the working class. The distribution of wealth has always favored the wealthy at the expense of the proletariat. Homelessness was the unfortunate result of the worker’s beliefs and feelings their employers had their best interest in mind and their salaries reflected the value the employer placed on their performance. In reality, the employer was only interested in making a profit at the expense of the worker’s wellbeing. Lacking the ability of meeting all of the basic necessity of food and shelter, homelessness was the outcome. The conflict that exist between the minority groups are due to the biased distribution of wealth to which there are members of the dominant group, that are not part of the bourgeoisie, they are actually members of the proletariat (the working class that work
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