Individualistic explaination of Poverty

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  • Individualistic explanation of Poverty
    • Herbert Spencer
      • 19th Century English sociologist
      • anyone who was poor only had themselves to blame
      • 1971
    • What did Spencer argue?
      • it is unnatural to help those who are lazy
      • lazy people do not deserve to eat
      • the only people who should get help are the long-term ill and the disabled
    • Evaluaton
      • outdated - does not relate to modern day
      • not all the poor people are lazy
      • not widely accepted in todays society
    • Evaluation
      • some people are poor due to laziness
      • takes into account that there needs to be a hierarchy into society
      • takes those who are disadvantaged into account (disabled)


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