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There are over fifteen million people living in poverty today in the United States The best explanation for this high number is there is no best explanation It is just how it is There are two different theories to help identify the problem But no theory has been proven correct The first theory is assuming that there are plenty of opportunities for the poor to find ways of surviving in America The theory blame the poor is making the inclination that the poor did not make the right decisions and opportunities slipped right pass them If these opportunities were attainable the likelihood of the poor taking them is very favorable Oscar Lewis studied poor families He believed the poor developed a culture of poverty This meant that the poor had a bad self-image and low self-esteem The poor considered themselves inferior which in turn led them to have depleted morals and values The second theory is sociological This theory believes that the society creates and maintains poverty because benefits are created Most people attain jobs that are fulfilling and stimulating while the poor will take the underpaid boring and unpleasant jobs The poor take these jobs because they cannot find better By taking these jobs the poor make the higher-class individuals aspire for the more challenging positions This also creates jobs for the need of social work for the poor and police for protection against the poor Both of the theories have defined loops and holes The first theory of blaming the poor does not relate to all people living in poverty Most poor people if given the opportunity will work very hard in a job But the way society and the economy is set up the poor will remain poor The second theory blames the society This theory starts out sounding good but some of the reasons supporting this theory sound non-human While it is good for those seeing a non-aspiring person in
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