The  documentary film Poor Kids illustrates relative poverty in the United States. How does social stratification (income, wealth, power, occupational prestige, schooling, race, ethnicity, etc) explain their challenges ?

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Frontline's documentary Poor Kids illustrates how social stratification explains the challenges of poor kids in the United States. In truth though, the documentary shows relative poverty, showing kids who have newly fallen into poverty or whose poverty level is that of the working poor who have  not reached the level of destitution. One example form the film will provide illustration of how some of the elements of social stratification explain the challenges of poor kids in the United States.

One of the most striking examples of kids who have newly fallen into poverty because of changes in the economy is that of the family living in the Salvation Army shelter. Their father lost his construction and home remodeling business, which had been successful and lucrative, due to the shockwaves of the economic collapse of 2008-2009. He comments that after people "started talkin' about he recession is coming; the recession is coming," people stopped remodeling or repairing their homes. As a...

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