BC: By: Kaylen Washbourne And Tony Gregory
FC: POVERTY AND THE HOMELESS
1: The first picture we have chosen is that of a group of starving African people. The main focus of the picture is that of a little boy whose ribs are clearly visible. It is pitiful that he does not get enough food to at least keep from seeing every bone in his body. It is evident and blatantly obvious that these children are suffering from malnutrition and are unable to get adequate food. The conflict perspective assumes that those in power do not want to give up their authority and are therefore making it extremely difficult for others to try and take control. They are starving their people and keeping them down, clearly taking away any means they might have to usurp the power. | The first picture we have chosen is that of a group of starving African people. The main focus of the picture is that of a little boy whose ribs are clearly visible. It is pitiful that he does not get enough food to at least keep from seeing every bone in his body. It is evident and blatantly obvious that these children are suffering from malnutrition and are unable to get adequate food. The conflict perspective assumes that those in power do not want to give up their authority and are therefore making it extremely difficult for others to try and take control. They are starving their people and keeping them down, clearly taking away any means they might have to usurp the power. | HUNGRY CHILDREN | Poverty In Africa; October 13,2010; Source: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Poverty&view=detail&id=3922F612D36196057B09DE4595E7782AD5D7C132&first=0&FORM=IDFRIR
2: POVERTY AND FAMILIES | The Damm Family; By Mary Ellen Marks; Source: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Poverty+AND+FAMILY+&view=detail&id=93A92F19E7BA614E8C0EA9749F202930ABCF7EEB&first=0&FORM=IDFRIR
3: The second picture chosen was that of a homeless family looking utterly destitute and full of despair. They have each other, but are without a lot of their basic needs. They might not have the means to escape poverty due to many factors. Some of those factors could be illness, the inability to work, poor credit, and debt issues. The interactionist perspective analyzes how poverty is communicated, and for these children, poverty could be the only way they have ever known to live. This lifestyle is what they know and are accustomed to because this is how their parents live.
4: The third picture represents the elderly and poverty. The man is weather-beaten and facing hard times. In today’s society, a lot of the elderly are in debt due to the poor economy or poor retirement planning. A lot of the elderly cannot afford their house payments or even their basic needs. In other cases, medical emergencies or surgeries have severely depleted their savings and they have accumulated a lot of hospital bills. | Untitled; By' Unknown; Source: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Homeless+Veterans&view=detail&id=D452B17CA84ECE9B2660A42F5D3550AB9B57CA51&first=31&FORM=IDFRIR
5: The fourth picture is of a homeless man and his shopping cart. This picture was chosen to represent how little those who are homeless or in poverty have. He probably has all of his possessions in that shopping cart. The interactionist perspective proposes that the poor live moment to moment and this man probably does just that, keeping all of his possessions with him at all times. | Untitled; By Unknown; Circa July 2011; Source: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=poverty+and+the+elderly&view=detail&id=56F460106D2994B18D52F2957EC24F665FEA934E&first=31&FORM=IDFRIR
6: The fifth picture is of a man under a bridge in a sleeping bag and using a box for shelter. This picture was chosen 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. We 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.
7: Child Poverty in Canada and America; March 9, 2011 By Unknown; Source: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=poverty+in+America&view=detail&id=DA2EEF7D14FA6D84D593CC7A03519E4EA89166A7&first=31&FORM=IDFRIR | SLEEPING UNDER BRIDGES
8: Untitled; By Unknown Circa 2011: Source: Bing/Pictures
9: The sixth picture is of a man holding a sign reading, “Homeless, please help. Thank you very much!!” This picture represents 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.
10: The seventh picture is of an older lady wrapped in an American Flag blanket. This picture is meant to show how being elderly and a woman can make it harder to escape poverty. Since she is older, it could be harder for her to find a job and make a living. The feminist perspective explains how the male dominated workforce and male dominated poverty programs make it harder for women to get welfare. | Poverty Is Here
11: Americans are currently living in poverty; By unknown; January 6 2011; Source: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=poverty+and+old+men+in+America&view=detail&id=F96C0FA2CED1AE2127629AA9CBD9A35D641D98C3&first=0&FORM=IDFRIR | U S A
12: The eighth picture is of a very old man who is completely filthy. He is sitting on the streets, perpetuating the stereotypical homeless man. According to the interactionist perspective, poverty is learned, and if people observe this man, they obtain a mental image of what the poor look like. People in poverty are mostly viewed in a negative light and the cycle of negative stereotypes and prejudice continues. There needs to be more homeless shelters and programs to help the homeless get back on their feet so this cycle can be broken. | Untitled; By Unknown; Date Unknown Source http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Homelessness+and+the+elderly+&qs=n&form=QBIR&pq=homelessness+and+the+elderly+&sc=3-29&sp=-1&sk=
13: The ninth picture is of an old man with a cane and he looks like he could be in need of medical attention. The poor don’t have the convenience of going to their family doctor for medical assistance. They either suffer on the streets and die if the condition is bad enough, or maybe seek medical attention from a clinic. Getting adequate medical assistance to the poor needs to be a high priority in the fight to end homelessness. If we can get them healthy then they have a better chance of finding work and being able to support themselves. | Elderly Man begs for Change; By Gary Moore; Date Unknown; Source: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=poverty+and+the+elderly&view=detail&id=5533ACA64F048E6AAAED52FFF9808A32E77DAA10&first=0&FORM=IDFRIR
14: Untitled; By Unknown; Unknown Date; Source: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Homeless+in+america&qs=n&form=QBIR&pq=homeless+in+america&sc=8-19&sp=-1&sk=#x0y106
15: The tenth picture is of a child sleeping in an old car. There are blankets and obviously it is made to resemble a bed. This picture was chosen to represent how no matter where people live, they try to construct a place that resembles normalcy. The child has a made a bedroom out of an old car and blankets.
16: Poverty and homelessness is a part of our objective reality. We know it exists because we catch glimpses of it, but it usually does not concern our daily routines. However, it is a huge social problem that must be addressed. There needs to be more education in schools about poverty and the homeless. Children need to be taught that just because someone is poor or does not live in a nice house, does not mean that they are bad people or inferior. Children need to know that there are many factors that can cause someone to become homeless. Also, more medical programs and clinics need to be available to those who do not possess the means to see a regular doctor. A lot of the homeless have medical issues that prevent them from working or living a healthy life. If they can get well then they can be more proactive in getting off the streets.
17: As well as medical assistance, we think there should be more job fairs in poorer communities to try and find a job for those who are out of work. A lot of the poor and homeless are unable to travel very far to look for work, therefore, if the work or job opportunities came to them, then their chances of finding work could increase. The problem of poverty and homelessness is ongoing and is not a new issue. In fact, it is a global issue that impacts the entire world. It is extremely difficult to help everyone and it is even more difficult when people are mentally unstable or are unwilling to accept help. There is no reason why one of the riches countries in the world should have so many people living in poverty. Better programs need to be implemented and proper assistance should be given to those who truly are in need.