An article in the Atlantic Monthly by Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, about how we definitions of poverty in America. In this article she discusses the tragectory from President Johnson’s “War on Poverty” to the idea that women on welfare are miscreants:
Instead of treating low-wage mothers as the struggling heroines they are, our political culture still tends to view them as miscreants and contributors to the “cycle of poverty.”
In 260, have students read the article, identifying and evaluating these definitions of “poor.” What are the claims, reasons, and warrants that support these different definitions? How are these definitions used and why are they important to understand?