Social and Economic Analysis of America

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501 Essay Exam Question 1: “The Measure of America” showed us that ethnic minorities in the United States have higher rates of incarceration, unemployment and poverty, and more health problems than Caucasian Americans. They are also less likely to graduate high school or move on to college. As anecdotes from the Eitzen text revealed ethnic minorities are often forced to accept less desirable jobs, and if they are illegal immigrants their choices are even more limited. Immigrants most learn a new culture and often a new language as well. They face racism and the stigma that they are stealing ‘American’ jobs. If they are illegal, immigrants must also worry about keeping a low profile to avoid deportation. While it has improved, racism still exists in our society. It is hard to raise oneself out of poverty, and if institutions and society are working against you it is even harder. Question 2: Despite campaigns since the 1970’s, women still make only $0.77 for every $1.00 their male colleagues make. They are more likely to be unemployed and living below the poverty threshold. They are also more likely to be the head of a single parent household. Mothers in single parent households must struggle with working, childcare, and providing for their family while trying to get ahead in life. These facts combined meant that there has been a ‘feminization of poverty’. Question 3: Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory begins with the individual. Resilience factors for
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