FC: Social Class & Poverty | 2007 | GERMANY FRANCE SWITZERLAND ITALY
1: Economic inequality is a problem that many countries face. The United States is looked upon as being one of the richest countries in the world. Many Americans feel as though their economic status is increasingly declining. This lack of economic growth is minor in comparison to other nations in the world today. Wealth is something that is considered very desirable for many individuals. Having wealth can mean having an increase in opportunities over a lifetime, such as a career and educational chances.
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3: Home | & | Hostel | Many people all over the world experience the meaning of true poverty. Poverty is hunger, the lack of shelter, illness, lack of education, and powerlessness. Most people who are considered in poverty don't know where their next meal is going to come from.
4: The Hike | we made it
5: A functionalist perspective on poverty would argue that poverty and social inequality is necessary for society to be able to function as a whole. The ability to accept one's social class is important to the functionality of society as a whole just as much as the actuality of economic status.
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8: Functionalist also believe that each person has a certain importance in society, and that importance depends heavily on social status and economic state. Life is all about balance in either social or economic power. Each person has the sense as to where they belong, and chose to fall in line or rise above the challenge.
13: Overall poverty affects people all over the world. The functionalist perspective is the one that is most identifiable on most all levels. The cycle of life does not allow the equality of only one social class. The differences in social classes brings compassion and understanding to the world in order to help others and promote altruism. Life would not exists without some kind of inequality.
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17: Backpacking took us to many beautiful verdant places. Our granola bars kept u alive during long walks.
18: Gepetto's Shop
19: There were many street artists who were very talented. Too bad our backpacks had no space for artwork.
20: being silly
21: ...and sometimes bad.
23: Eating gelato, meeting strangers, living in hostels, walking along coastlines, sleeping on trains, going to festivals, eating authentic foods, learning transportation systems, buying groceries; It was all a great experience, despite the rainy days, getting lost, and taking trains in wrong directions. Immersing in different cultures taught us a lot and opened our eyes to a little bit more of the world around us.