S: Homelessness and Poverty
FC: Homelessness & Poverty
1: Boy Giving Food to Homeless Man Date Unknown Photographer Unknown Boy Giving Food to Homeless Man [Photograph]. Retrieved February 4, 2012, from: http://www.corbisimages.com/
2: Egypt-Poverty-Homeless Children December 11, 2011 Photographer Unknown Egypt-Poverty-Homeless Children [Photograph]. (2011). Retrieved February 4, 2012, from: http://www.corbisimages.com/
3: Homeless Man with a Sign Date Unknown Photographer Unknown Homeless Man with a Sign [Photograph]. Retrieved February 4, 2012, from: http://www.corbisimagaes.com/
4: Homeless Man with Shopping Cart Date Unknown Photographer Unknown Homeless Man with Shopping Cart [Photograph]. Retrieved February 4, 2012, from: http://www.corbisimages.com/
5: Homeless Man Sleeping in Front of Closed Hotel May 11, 2008 Photographer Unknown Homeless Man Sleeping in Front of Closed Hotel [Photograph]. (2008). Retrieved February 4, 2012, from:http://www.corbisimages.com/
6: Kenya-Wena Centre-Street Children June 27, 2011 Photographer Unknown Kenya-Wena Centre-Street Children [Photograph]. (2011). Retrieved February 4, 2012, from: http://www.corbisimages.com/
7: Destitute Young Man in Corner of Room April 15, 2008 Photographer Unknown Destitute Young Man in Corner of Room [Photograph]. (2008). Retrieved February 4, 2012, from: http://www.corbisimages.com/
8: Poverty and homelessness is a huge social problem facing our country today. It not only affects our nation, but other countries suffer from this social problem as well. The pictures I have chosen represent how people view poverty and homelessness, as well as the disadvantages facing those in poverty. On page one I have a picture of a little boy giving food to a homeless man. I chose this picture because I think it shows how children see people. This little boy doesn't necessarily see a homeless man, he sees a man that needs food and he wants to help him. A lot of people in our society do not see the homeless through a child's eyes. They look at the homeless with disdain and discriminate against them; thinking that they must have done something to serve being poor.
9: According to the interactionist perspective, poverty is learned, and if the little poor has not learned that those in poverty are mostly viewed in a negative light, then he does not view them that way. Hopefully he will be raised to respect every individual and to not discriminate and feel prejudice towards people who are less fortunate than he is. On page two I have a picture of three homeless boys fighting. I chose this picture to show the strain and anger that can arise from not having the necessities of life that most of us take for granted. The boys are in a poor part of town with little resources and continue to perpetuate the cycle of poverty.
10: On page three I have a picture of a man standing with a sign reading, “Homeless, anything helps.” I chose this picture to represent the skepticism many people feel in regards to the homeless or those in need. Just because he has a sign that says he is homeless and will take anything, does that mean he actually is in need? From the functionalist perspective, one might argue that he is simply part of the social structure if, in fact, he actually is homeless. The functionalist would argue that inequality in our nation serves a purpose and makes our society run the way it should. On page four I have a picture of a homeless man with a shopping cart. I chose this picture to represent how little those who are homeless or in poverty have. He probably has all of his possessions in that shopping cart.
11: On page five I have a picture of a man sleeping in front of a rundown hotel. I chose this picture to represent the perpetuation of poverty from the environment in which people live. He is in a rundown community with no means to gain necessities that he needs. This picture can be related to the conflict perspective in that those in power tend to make sure wealthy communities and constituents are taken care of while paying little attention to the parts of town that could actually benefit from some improvement. I think this plays a huge role in why we still have so many people who are homeless and those that are living in poverty. The funds and attention are not being allocated to the right people.
12: On page six I have a picture of a baby sitting in front a group of homeless people living on the streets of Kenya. I chose this picture to reinforce the notion that poverty often times breeds poverty. That baby has an uphill battle if she ever wants to change her situation. This also represents how a lot of countries have the majority of their population living in poverty. On page seven I have a picture of a man on a bed in the corner of what looks to be an abandoned building. I chose this picture to represent that no matter where people live, they try to construct a place that resembles normalcy. The man has a made a bedroom out of an old mattress and abandoned building.
13: I think there is no reason why one of the riches countries should have so many people living in poverty. The tax system should be redefined and proper assistance should be given to those who truly are in need.