Possible Solutions to Poverty Essay

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Solving Poverty There are two main explanations to poverty, the cultural and structural. Sociologists mostly use the structural causes to explain the poverty in America. The cultural issue puts more fault and cause on the individual and the “culture” they create—making it seems like a repetitive cycle. Nonetheless, poverty is a very complex issue, even though culture and the individual do play a part, there is much more to it and thus the structural causes explanation comes in. With even the causations and explanation being so complex the solution must also be multi-faceted and flexible—being able to conform in many different situations and settings. Looking at history and seeing how others have faced the issue of poverty in their …show more content…
Solving Poverty There are two main explanations to poverty, the cultural and structural. Sociologists mostly use the structural causes to explain the poverty in America. The cultural issue puts more fault and cause on the individual and the “culture” they create—making it seems like a repetitive cycle. Nonetheless, poverty is a very complex issue, even though culture and the individual do play a part, there is much more to it and thus the structural causes explanation comes in. With even the causations and explanation being so complex the solution must also be multi-faceted and flexible—being able to conform in many different situations and settings. Looking at history and seeing how others have faced the issue of poverty in their societies could lead us to find some answers. This paper will be studying zakat—a charitable tax found in Islam—and seeing if it can mitigate the plight of the poor in America.
The cultural argument states that poor people are raised to become poor. Their way of living—their culture—entraps them to the lowest class. The culture of poverty has traits such as laziness, no work ethic, and no responsibility. Looking at this, poverty can be blamed on families and thus the deterioration of social morals and ethics. In the end this explanation puts all the blame on individuals in that they themselves produce their situation by not getting out of it. This explanation has become a general excuse or belief in the U.S and can even be glimpsed in the
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