A New Paradigm

Mark Robert Rank

in One Nation, Underprivileged

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780195101683
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199894048 | DOI:
A New Paradigm

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The first step on the road to positive change is a national shift in how Americans think about poverty. This chapter begins by describing the major tenets of the old paradigm. Much of this will be quite familiar, since variations of it can be heard in political sound bites, mainstream policy research, the popular media, and informal discussions with one's neighbors. The chapter then describes the foundations of a new paradigm for comprehending poverty. This paradigm is based upon several of the major themes found within the first two-thirds of this book and represents a sharp break from the old ways of viewing poverty. Finally, the chapter concludes with several examples intended to illustrate that a paradigm shift in thinking can occur within a relatively short span.

Keywords: United States; American poverty; paradigm shift

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