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Soc 115 1/28

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Soc 115 1/28 SOC 115

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Social Problems
Frank White
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Date Created: 01/29/16
Soc 115 1/28/16 -Went over the official poverty “line” again. -Criticisms of this measure: housing, lack of housing, homelessness, ½ of monthly income on housing for the average family, -Church took care of poverty in small towns, there was always the military for the poor -Is social security going to be around for us? Originally developed for widows, widows plus children -35 people were working for every one person on social security. -how many people are working today for 1 person on social security? 2. -worthy poor, disabled, veterans, children under 18, -CCC= civilian conservation cord Poverty in the 1960s: • Became a national concern; new policy had to do with race and gender. ”the feminization” ”racialization” • Focus on “how” poverty occurs; hispanic, black, poor whites. ◦ Ex: race and gender; • President Johnson: ◦ “great society”; ◦ “war on poverty”; 1960s,to address racialization and feminization. ▪ Voting Rights Act, Civil Rights Movement, Medicar for people over 65, Medicaid for poor families Poverty as a “social problem”: • Unequally ditributed: ◦ children under 17; largest group under the poverty line ◦ “feminization of poverty”; for every dollar a man makes, a women makes .78 cents. • Socially constructed and maintained; it is learned. Its inheritant in our social institutions. For the most part we accept it as well. ◦ Taxation; ▪ progression and regression taxes; progressive: as your income base goes up, so does your tax. • Ex: income tax. ▪ Regressive: as your income goes up, your tax base goes down. About 6.51, social secuity tax. • Ex: social security ▪ sin and flat taxes; Sin tax: tax on cigs, alcohol, lottery. Flat tax: everybody has the same tax rate. It sounds good, 15%. ◦ Inheritance laws; old money vs new money. social registrar. People who have old money, made their money before WWII. ◦ Intermarriage; money stays in the same hands, money gets passed on. “Homelessness”; • How many homeless? ◦ 1% of americans are homeless, 2.5-3.5 million people ◦ Norway, #1 standard of living- fun fact ◦ Mobile, state to state, living with relatives, no permanent address, working homeless, • Difficult to measure? Media Coverage: December is the month we see the most ads, next is November & January • the face is changing, its families, its whites • Stereotypes; • “Compassion Fatigue”; we are confronted with ads that want money, people get jaded, people get fatigued and there compassion isnt what it used to be, we see that our money doesnt help Cause of Homelessness: • “Individual” Causes? ◦ Drug additcion, mental health issues, Homelessness Structural/Societal Causes: • #1 cause Nationally? ◦ Lack of low income housing. • #1 cause in ND? ◦ Domestic Violence. Changing Economy: • World Markets; • Serice vs. Manufacturing Skills; we need a balance Gentrification: “Here Comes the Neighborhood” • YUP: young urban professional • DIK: double income, no kids • Buy an old school, turn it into a home • You get strip malls that follow ◦ Downtown GF, 90% of all crime in a 4 block area ◦ football stadiums, stadiums in general in the innercity, the poor are being pushed out *Social Policy: • Welfare? Conservaties dont life it. Ruins someones incentive to work. Democrats say its too buearacatic. • Identify “high risk” students; people who are failing, college isnt for everybody, • Care for “deserving” poor; mentally challanged, disable, veterans, elder vs elderly ◦ they made their contribution or were not able to Poverty Amid Wealth: • “Affluenza” by David de Graff; Ethan Crouch ◦ SWS: suddon wealth syndrome • “Disease of Affluenza”; lack of motivation that caused by someone who has either earned or inheritanted a great deal of wealth. It erodes an individuals sense of accountability. Kids are given so much, • “Empty Consumerism”; young kids are more excited about the box than the present, we never feel satisfied. Dullness, fatigued, we have too much.


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