Understanding Poverty From Multiple Social Science Perspectives

The challenge of addressing poverty from a multi-disciplinary point of view grew out of several perspectives. Historically, it is interesting to note that poverty surfaces in the public consciousness every several decades; for example, urban poverty at the turn of the 20th century related to immigration and industrialization, urban and rural poverty in the 1930s related to the stock market crash and the depression, response of the civil rights to poverty and discrimination in the 1960s (including the War on Poverty), the economic boom of the 1990s and welfare reform, and the 21st century focus on global poverty……..


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