Presentation Title

The Cultural Contributions to Poverty: A Life History Study of Welfare Recipients

Presenter Information

Nicole Clark

Mentor

Niall Moran

Location

David F. Putnam Science Center - 161

Abstract

Poverty is a social problem affecting everyone in a society. Previous research has shown that poverty persists even in times of great economic prosperity, suggesting that there are more causes of poverty than simply just economic causes. The objective of this research is to begin a discussion on the use of welfare in our society and the effects of poverty on the lives of the impoverished from the unique perspective of those who experience these conditions. This research is done based on a collection of life history interviews, involving open ended questions targeting specific focuses, which sought to identify a common lived experience by those who suffer in low socioeconomic status. Ten welfare recipients from the Keene Community Kitchen were interviewed as sources of data. This research will work to prove that there are shared cultural occurrences which cause certain people to live in poverty and others in relative wealth.

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The Cultural Contributions to Poverty: A Life History Study of Welfare Recipients

David F. Putnam Science Center - 161

Poverty is a social problem affecting everyone in a society. Previous research has shown that poverty persists even in times of great economic prosperity, suggesting that there are more causes of poverty than simply just economic causes. The objective of this research is to begin a discussion on the use of welfare in our society and the effects of poverty on the lives of the impoverished from the unique perspective of those who experience these conditions. This research is done based on a collection of life history interviews, involving open ended questions targeting specific focuses, which sought to identify a common lived experience by those who suffer in low socioeconomic status. Ten welfare recipients from the Keene Community Kitchen were interviewed as sources of data. This research will work to prove that there are shared cultural occurrences which cause certain people to live in poverty and others in relative wealth.