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Poverty

Mark R. Rank

in Social Work

ISBN: 9780195389678
Published online April 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195389678-0122
Poverty

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Poverty generally refers to individuals residing in households lacking the necessary income to purchase a minimally adequate daily basic basket of goods and services, and as a result they are often disenfranchised from the wider society. In the United States, considerable research has focused on understanding the patterns and dynamics of poverty, groups at risk of impoverishment, explanations and theories of poverty, consequences and effects of poverty upon individuals and society, and strategies for alleviating poverty. Poverty has also been addressed from a moral/ethical framework and by various advocacy and policy groups.

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Subjects: Social Work

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