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SOCI1160, Week 4 Notes

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SOCI1160, Week 4 Notes SOCI 1160 030

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Chapter 7
Introduction to Social Problems
Dr. Emilie Khair
Class Notes
sociology, soci, SOCI1160, exam, chapter 7, social justice, poverty, poor, rich, Poverty Line
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Regina George on Wednesday February 17, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to SOCI 1160 030 at Georgia State University taught by Dr. Emilie Khair in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 21 views. For similar materials see Introduction to Social Problems in Sociology at Georgia State University.


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Date Created: 02/17/16
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 SOCI1160 Social Class - Does it determine success? - Social Inequality: the unequal distribution of wealth, income, power, and opportunity - Economy and Social Class in the U.S. • Economy: includes money and jobs, but also the entire institution that produces/ distributes goods/services • Stagnant Incomes - Economic Problems Facing the U.S. • Booms and Busts • The Savings Rates • A Debtor Nation - Poverty Line • Biological poverty: starvation/malnutrition • Relative poverty: people living below the society’s standards • Official Poverty: income level (qualify for welfare) • People below poverty line are poor. Those above are not. - Many critics believe the “poverty line” is not a good standard anymore - The number of “poor” could be reduced or increased by changing the official definition • Measurement and Extent of Poverty - Official poverty line is based on size of family and minimal food budget - About a third of the population are not double the poverty line 1


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