Is there a culture of poverty among the one percent of the United States? what would be the health and social implications?
This research used this COP framework to conduct a preliminary assessment as to whether an analogous set of shared set of attitudes and behaviors exists among some of the wealthiest populations of the United States. While this group is obviously not poor, the analysis suggests that many of the one percent are dependent on government (tax breaks for unearned income), blame others for reversals (the mortgage crisis), are socially isolated (gated communities and enclaves), have short time horizons (day trading) and have higher rates of anti-social behavior (strong dislike of certain individuals and institutions). While this analysis is preliminary, if there is indeed an analog to a COP among the wealthy there are several important policy implications. It suggesst a need for breaking up enclaves of the wealthy, policies for addressing income inequality, reducing tax breaks for the wealthy, and educating this population so they might understand their dependence on the broader society for the benefits they enjoy.
Learning Areas:Public health or related public policy
Social and behavioral sciences
Define a culture of poverty Describe its hypothesized characteristics and outcomes. Analyze different groups using a culture of poverty framework. Identify potential characteristics in the One Percent that are consistent with hypothesized culture of poverty traits. Describe potential policy implications of these traits among the One Percent.
Keyword(s): Social Justice, Poverty
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