I agree with post #2 regarding interactionist perspectives- the others might be more useful. Functionalists would, I suppose, take a borderline Marxist perspective on poverty, i.e., that poverty exists, or is as widespread as it is, because it fulfills a necessary role as determined by the power brokers in a society. In other words, poverty exists because it is in someone's interest for it to exist. Similarly, conflict theory would argue that poverty has emerged from class conflict and domination of the lower classes by those who control wealth and power. Feminists could focus on a number of things, including the "femininization of poverty," meaning that women are more likely to become impoverished because of unequal economic opportunity. They might also be interested in the ways we portray the poor, notably as weak people that need protection and handouts from the strong- in other words, like women have historically been portrayed in patriarchal discourse.