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Definition of Poverty

(noun) The state of lacking the material and social resources an individual requires to live a healthy life.

Example of Poverty

  • A homeless individual living on the streets is in a state of poverty.

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  • Immanuel Wallerstein’s theory that the interconnectedness of the world system began in the 1500s, when Europeans began their economic and political domination of the rest of the world. Because capitalism depends on generating the maximum profits for the minimum of expenditures, the world system continues to benefit rich countries (which acquire the profits) and harm the rest of the world (by minimizing local expenditures and therefore perpetuating poverty)” (Kimmel and Aronson 2012:664).

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Reference

Kimmel, Michael S., and Amy Aronson. 2012. Sociology Now. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

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Cite the Definition of Poverty

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “poverty.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 21, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/poverty/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

poverty. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/poverty/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “poverty.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 21, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/poverty/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“poverty.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 21 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/poverty/>.