True or false?  One criticism of the "culture of poverty" a theory is that it appears to be classic example of "blaming the victim".

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This statement is very much true.  The culture of poverty theory holds that the culture of those people who are in poverty is one of the major factors that causes them to be poor.  It holds that communities of poor people tend to develop pathological cultures.  Their cultures do not value long-term thinking and short-term sacrifice.  They do not emphasize individual responsibility.  Therefore, they encourage people to make destructive choices that help to keep them poor.  

This can clearly be seen as "blaming the victim. " Theories that do not blame the victim are those theories that hold that societal conditions are more to blame for poverty.  By contrast, this theory identifies attributes of the victim and blames them for the poverty.  This makes it an example of blaming the victim.