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Provide well-developed and thoughtful answers by utilizing your analytic, interpretive, and critical thinking skills. Connect your answers to the broader social structure, ideologies, power relationships, sociological terms/concepts/theories, and to broader society overall. When appropriate please add an example and/or quote from the textbook to explain your answer.

1 Why does poverty continue to exist in one of the wealthiest nations in the world? The answer lies in a variety of social, economic, and political factors. Select two insights from the textbook that make sense to you.

2 How are we tied to poverty (i.e. policies and lived experiences)? (Chapter 2 Introduction).

3 Explain the poverty line, episodic poverty, and the supplemental poverty measurement. (Chapter 2.1).

4 Use the three sociological theories to argue against the notion that poor people are “lazy” and “lack motivation.” Guiding questions: Who make up the poor? How does stratification impact our society? (Chapter 2.2 & 2.3).

5 Describe in detail one initiative designed to reduce poverty (Chapter 2.6).

Textbook link http://open.lib.umn.edu/socialproblems/

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