Defining and measuring poverty

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Absolute Poverty
A condition characterised by severe deprivation of basic human needs. Rowntree believed that if you did not have the three basic necessities (food, clothing and shelter) you were below the poverty line.
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Relative Poverty
You are poor in comparison to those around you. People lack the minimum amount of income needed in order to maintain the average standard of living in the society in which they live.
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Social Exclusion
Being marginalised from the rest of society.
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Subjective Poverty
A condition in which people believe that they themselves are deprived in comparison to those immediately around them.
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Advantages of Absolute Poverty
It provides us with a clear measure of who is in poverty at any one time. It provides us with a tool to compare the extent of poverty in different societies and in one society at different periods of time.
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Disadvantages of Absolute Poverty
The problem with absolute poverty is that the poverty line changes all the time between societies.Therefore Rowntree’s basic needs are too simplistic. Having a mobile phone would not have been necessary fifteen years ago but today it would be.
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Disadvantages of Absolute Poverty
Absolute poverty is out dated and not accurate, as different shops change different prices. The family budget unit (led by Bradshaw) have since come up with a more modern and sophisticated way of measuring absolute poverty, which uses detailed spe
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Relative Poverty

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You are poor in comparison to those around you. People lack the minimum amount of income needed in order to maintain the average standard of living in the society in which they live.

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Social Exclusion

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Subjective Poverty

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Advantages of Absolute Poverty

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