Poverty Is A Problem That Affects Millions Of People On A Daily Basis

1387 Words May 8th, 2015 6 Pages
Poverty is a problem that affects millions of people on a daily basis. It is a topic that has been highly debated for many years in politics, between academics and with regular people. The problem that is debated is how to define it, how it should measure and who should be able to dictate these things. A broad definition of poverty is “the state of having little or no money, goods, or the means of support” (http://dictionary.reference.com). Poverty can be said to have many different definitions but it can be said that with many critiques one definition has yet to be fully agreed upon. The two definitions that are vastly discussed and debated upon is the absolute and relative poverty dichotomy. This essay will discuss the difference between absolute and relative poverty in reference to how they are defined and measured and then it will discuss how they are similar. Absolute poverty derived from the works of Charles Booth and Seebohm Rowntree in the ninetieth and twentieth century. Charles Booth ‘was a British social researcher and activist, when he moved to London he focused his attention and how it was a tremendous problem that was talked about but not solved’ (http://www.encyclopedia.com). He wrote several volumes of a book entitled “Life and Labour of the People” which were analyses of middle class London was like in the nineteenth century, these works can be said to have helped shape the definition (http://www.encyclopedia.com). Seebohm Rowntree the other pioneer of…
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