Poverty Is The Outcome Of Economic Inequalities

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Poverty is the outcome of economic inequalities that are sustained by the social problems prevalent in our society. The lack of equal opportunities has created social margins where people in crisis are expelled to the economic edge. In a society where members are stratified by wealth and status, those who live in poverty are seen as deservingly powerless and ultimately abandoned to comply with their temporary crises as permanent. Economic segregation reinforces the unequal separation amongst social classes to keep the poor living in poverty. These are people who do not have the means to fix the conditions of their environment, therefore they remain stagnant in a state of submission and dehumanization, while those who are better off act…show more content…
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