The Cycle of Poverty


The Cycle of Poverty


There are lots of reasons that people require social assistance, and why so many of them are women who become “welfare dependent”. In testing your assumptions, it might be helpful to consider the following:


“The term ‘welfare dependency’ is itself controversial, often carrying derogatory connotations that the recipient is unwilling to work. Historian Michael B. Katz discussed the discourses surrounding poverty in his 1989 book The Undeserving Poor, where he elaborated upon the distinctions Americans make between so-called ‘deserving’ recipients of aid, such as widows, and ‘undeserving’ ones, like single mothers, with the distinction being that the former have fallen upon hard times through no fault of their own whereas the latter are seen as having chosen to live off the public purse. Drawing this dichotomy diverts attention from the structural factors that cause and entrench poverty, such as economic change. Instead of focusing on how to tackle the root causes of poverty, people focus on attacking the supposed poor character of the recipient.”



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