Please read the aricle from the link below (you may need to register on the site but it’s free) and answer the following questions.
- Defining culture seems to be an important part of these emerging studies on poverty. What definition of culture in the article did you find most appropriate? Is there another definition you think is better for these sensitive conversations? Why?
- Why is including culture in the conversation on poverty such a sensitive issue? What kinds of problems arise? Try to use concrete examples. There are a few in the article.
- Finally, the article mentions the dichotomy of structural vs. cultural forces on poverty. Give an example of each and discuss which you think has a stronger affect on groups of people who are consistently affected by poverty or in other words are affected by generational poverty? (Try not to generalize, instead rely on concrete data.)