Definition of Culture of poverty
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Culture of poverty Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Glossary of Sociology
The view that the poor have a different value system that contribute to their poverty.
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The culture of poverty is a social theory that expands on the cycle of poverty. Proponents of this theory argue that the poor are not simply lacking resources, but also have a unique value system. According to Oscar Lewis, "The subculture [of the poor] develops mechanisms that tend to perpetuate it, especially because of what happens to the world view, aspirations, and character of the children who grow up in it.” (Moynihan 1969, p. 199).
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