Within the article entitled “The Uses of Poverty: The Poor Pay All,” sociologist Herbert J. Gans discusses the unusual alliance between the poor and the rich in American society. He states that the underprivileged in essence have saved a number of vocations in existence akin to social work, criminology, and journalism. These vocations serve the double pretense of aiding the much less lucky and defending society from these identical people. He compares his analogy with that of Richard Okay. Merton, who utilized the practical evaluation theology to elucidate the extended existence of the political machine in city areas.

Mr. Merton’s reasoning was that the political machine continued to exist as a result of it served a number of constructive features in society. Mr. Gans applies this identical logic to the existence of poverty in a society that had a lot materials wealth and concluded that poverty had 13 features in society that was helpful to non-poor members. They embrace: ensuring that the menial work duties of society shall be taken care of, the creation of jobs that present help for the poor, and the existence of the poor retains the aristocracy busy with charitable works, thus demonstrating charity to the much less lucky and superiority over the elites who selected to spend their free time making extra money. He additionally give a number of alternate options to poverty akin to redistribution of the wealth in society, placing everybody on a extra even enjoying discipline, however finally concluded that poverty will live on as a result of disturbing the unequal stability between the poor and the rich in society would show to be dysfunctional for the prosperous and that won’t occur.

In a hierarchical society akin to in America, there’ll at all times be somebody on the low finish of the totem pole.

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