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Poverty perspectives Drawing on the theoretical perspectives (Functionalist, Conflict, Feminist, or Interactionist), explain how poverty persists in society.

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Women are often forced into poverty, because it is more common for a woman to end up with a group of children and no financial support than for the father to end up there. The feminist perspective might point out that a mother can get a minimum wage job to feed her family and spend more than her wages on child care.

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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.

This is an important point in today's political and economic climate. We have lost a certain amount of the drive that comes with personal responsibility; it is far too easy to "give up" and never look for work, or take no steps at all to improve your own situation. Poor? Get on food stamps, assisted...

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