Poverty Sociology

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Running head: POVERTY AND IT’S EVERYDAY LIFE CHANGES 1 Poverty and its Everyday Life Changes Professor Deanna R. Lindsey Sociology 100, Strayer University November 4, 2011 POVERTY AND IT’S EVERYDAY LIFE CHANGES 2 Abstract This report tells of the ratings of poverty in the United States and America. It tells how poverty is constantly changing the lives of men, women, and children on an everyday basis. It speaks of things we can do as a society to help support and change the lives of those living in poverty. Poverty And It’s Everyday Life Changes 3 Poverty is a very emotional and important issue in America. It is a fact that all social inequality creates poverty. There are generally two types of poverty…show more content…
Incomes of these families were below an official poverty line. The poverty line tells of what the government estimates people must spend on food. In 2007, the income of the average poor family was 60 percent of the governments estimated poverty line (Sociology, Thirteenth Edition). While many of the poor Poverty And It’s Everyday Life Changes 4 generally obtain well nourishment; there are still many families who experience going hungry because of the shortage of food available to them. According to the (USDA), 13 percent of poor families and 2.6 percent of poor children experience hunger at some point during the year (Rector and Johnson, 2004). Overall there is still the 89 percent of the poor who report their families have “enough” food to eat, while 2 percent say they “often” do not have enough to eat (Rector and Johnson, 2004). Poverty is generally separated in categories among our population which consists of age, race and ethnicity, gender and family patterns, and urban and rural poverty. In society today children are suffering the most due to poverty. In 2007, 18 percent of people under age eighteen and 17.3 percent of people age eighteen to twenty-four were poor (Sociology, Thirteenth Edition). African Americans generally suffer from very high poverty ratings, and also have some of the highest children

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