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FC: Poverty & Social Class | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

1: Poverty & Social Class | Amber Hipschen | 7

2: The natural BEAUTY of southern Thailand was stunning. | Anyone can be in a lower social class or live in poverty. | 8 | 9

3: Poverty and Social Class Poverty is not only a problem in the United States but is also a world-wide problem. It can extend from next door to homes on the opposite side of the world. But focusing on the United States, poverty has always been an issue. Throughout the years many presidents have made promises about solving the issue - but still it remains a major issue. It makes me wonder if poverty has to exist. If poverty did not exist who would occupy the lower class? Would they become the "new level of poverty'? There will always be those who are at the bottom as well as there will always be those at the top.

4: PHANG nnadkjlkjbnnlakjflaNGA BAY, PHUKET | November 7 b | The functionalist perspective puts values on different people, and believe that not everyone can be equal. There has to be those who are wealthy and those who are poor. Functionalists believe this is required for social order. Obviously, this makes sense - a lawyer or doctor should be more wealthy and have a high social standing then an employee at fast food restaurant or clothing store. Both are important in society, but not equally important. This value system does have a down side though. If ones value is based upon what they make, then a professional basketball player is more important, and is more valuable, than a teacher or a police officer. But we all know this is just the opposite.

5: THE MOUNTAIN TEMPLE, WAT ARAT | November 8 | Here a fast food employee and a doctor along with his nurses. | 10 | 11

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7: The interactionist perspective believes that poverty will always exist, but does not place a value on different people. Instead the interactionist think that the poor are socialized differently from the wealthy. Their values and belief system are different and this is passed on to their children. Which makes them poor. As they grow up they will continue the cycle and end up being poor as adults. They will teach their children the same values and beliefs that they were taught, and again the cycle continue. Although this sounds rational there is not evidence that the poor are raised differently. I however do not agree with this. I know that the poor are raised differently from the wealthy. I had friends who, well weren't wealthy but they were definitely more wealthy then my family, and they were different from me. They had no sense of how much things cost and did not have a set limit on their spending. I would get a set allowance for lunch money and they could spend however much they wanted. This is setting them up for a future of not having to budget and expecting things to be handed to them. While I understood that life costs money and one has to budget to survive.

8: As for fixing the problem - I dont believe there is a solution. I think that the Functionalist and the Interactionist perspectives are both correct. There are values placed on people, even though they may not be correct. Also, the poor do have different values and it is passed on from generation to generation, but there is the possibility of breaking the cycle. But even if one breaks the cycle, there will still continue to be people who do not have the drive to be successful.

9: Poverty and Social Class | Amber Hipschen

10: WEST KRABI COAST | November 10 | Picture References 1: Senior woman holding coins; Nick White; http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/royalty-free/42- 35951010/senior-woman-holding-coins?popup=1 2: Life on the Congo River, DRC; June 29, 2006; Per-Anders Pettersson; http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/rights-managed/42-35580833/life-on-the-congo-river-drc?popup=1 3. Portrait of homeless man with sign in front of church; Jorge Cruz; http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/rights-managed/42-35132977/portrait-of-homeless-man-with-sign-in?popup=1 4. Close up of teenager with empty pockets; http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/royalty-free/42-34955402/close-up-of-teenager-with-empty-pockets?popup=1 5. Two children (10-12 years) having snack; http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/rights-managed/42-34468388/two-children-1012-years-having-snack?popup=1 6. Portrait of homeless man with placard; Jorge Cruz; http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/rights-managed/42-35132966/portrait-of-homeless-man-with-placard?popup=1 7. People with Shopping Carts at McArthur Foodbank; October 1, 2004; Alison Wright; http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/rights-managed/42-15769897/people-with-shopping-carts-at-mcarthur-foodbank?popup=1 8. Uncle Sam Panhandling; Tim McGuire; http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/rights-managed/42-20867056/uncle-sam-panhandling?popup=1 9. Sad African American holding out empty pockets; JGI/Jamie Grill; http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/royalty-free/42-26838937/sad-african-american-holding-out-empty-pockets?popup=1 10. Fast Food at the Movie Theater; Randy Faris; http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/royalty-free/42-16687570/fast-food-at-the-movie-theater?popup=1 11. Portrait of medical team standing hands on hips over gray background; Olga Rozenbajgier; http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/royalty-free/42-35809250/portrait-of-medical-team-standing-hands-on?popup=1

11: We spent the day with elephants! | 12. Dallas Mavericks Basketball Player Dirk Nowitzki; November 16, 2002; Chris Trotman; http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/rights-managed/UP960019/dallas-mavericks-basketball-player-dirk-nowitzki?popup=1 13. Teacher erasing whiteboard in art class; Hillstreet Studios; http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/royalty-free/42-36527371/teacher-erasing-whiteboard-in-art-class?popup=1 14. Police Officer; Jose Luis Pelaez, Inc.; http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/rights-managed/42-24163877/police-officer?popup=1

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