The Problem of Poverty

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In the world there are at least one billion children that are living in poverty. There is at least three billion people in the world that live on less than $2.50. (Shah, 2013) Poverty can be seen everywhere around the world. Carl and Belanger (2012) states that poverty happens when the distribution of wealth is not equally divided between all groups of people. Poverty in Canada is defined as poor quality of food, sleeping in poor quality housing, parks, or city streets, and on a daily basis it is difficult to make decisions on what is best for you and your family. Living in poverty will decrease your life span and health, and could lead to criminal offenses just to stay alive. Aboriginal people, immigrants from other countries, people…show more content…
Being in a capitalist system means that people who own businesses control the economic system. (Carl/Belanger, 2012) Also according to Karl Marx, if wealth is not distributed evenly in society, the working class will never get out of poverty or get ahead in life. (Carl/ Belanger, 2012) Karl Marx also states that the reason why people are in poverty is because they don’t know their place in society. This is known as false consciousness. The rich people know their place in society, which is known as class consciousness. Poverty is not only based on not being paid for the work you are doing, but it can also be based on your race. Discrimination can also lead to poverty because some jobs will not give you a job based on your nationality. W.E.B. Du Bois was a sociologist and conflict theorist that agreed with some of the work of Karl Marx. He studied race in America and found that, “…Poverty among African Americans in the United States is the result of prejudice and discrimination.” (Carl/Belanger, 2012, pg. 15) Du Bois also believed that slavery and capitalism led to African American problems. In Canada, African Americans are immigrants from a different country, which makes them more vulnerable for being in poverty according to Du Bois and the groups more susceptible to poverty. These two conflict theorists views on poverty show that people are in poverty because of the unequal distribution of wealth and power, and that people from other races are looked down

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