relative poverty

(noun) A type of poverty that is determined by income distribution over a given population and is culturally defined according to societal norms (e.g., driving a used car when your neighbor just bought a new car).

Example: John drives a used car when Jane, his neighbor just bought a new car.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: relative poverties
  • Relative poverty is compared and contrasted with absolute poverty. Relative poverty is a subjective assessment and absolute poverty is an objective measurement.
  • A type of poverty.
  • Also called secondary poverty.

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How to Cite the Definition of Relative Poverty

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “relative poverty.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 16, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/relative-poverty/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “relative poverty.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 16, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/relative-poverty/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“relative poverty.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 16 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/relative-poverty/>.