Underclass in the U.S. Essay by The Research Group

Underclass in the U.S.
Examines causes of poverty, minorities, urban issues, politics, theories and suggested solutions.
# 19550 | 2,700 words | 16 sources | 1992 | US


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"An Analysis of the Underclass Theory and Possible Solutions

Nothing directly explains why poverty has been surprisingly persistent in a nation such as the United States. Despite considerable efforts to reduce it, the incidence of poverty in 1986 is as high as it had been in the late 1960s and higher than the rate in most other industrial countries.1

Unfortunately the persistence of poverty has taken its toll on particular groups that the public at large feels ambivalent about: unwed mothers, drug users, gang members, and the like. Wilson and those that support his theory have identified a new "underclass" in America--in part fostered by the perception of the poor being concentrated in inner-city areas where crime, teenage pregnancy and welfare dependency are common.2 Ironically,..."

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