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Persistent Human Dimensions of Poverty


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The lived negative aspects of disadvantage

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Persistent Human Dimensions of Poverty

  1. 1. Author: Jon Dunnemann Persistent Human Dimensions of Poverty ● Deteriorating housing, living conditions, and homelessness ● Housing discrimination, zoning restrictions, and land use regulations ● Lack of hot water, heat, and electricity ● Insufficient nutritional intake ● Common infectious diseases, rodents, and other vermin ● Sustained neurobiological stress and dis-ease ● Absenteeism, tardiness, and lack of focus ● Juvenile delinquency ● Drug use, distribution, and addiction ● Promiscuity, sexually transmitted disease, and unwed motherhood ● Infant mortality ● Pandemic violence and gangs ● Homicide ● Suicide ● Overcrowding ● Inadequate education ● Not living with both parents ● Lack of motivation ● Poor self-image ● Police brutality, excessive court fees and fines, sentencing bias, and mass incarceration ● Criminalizing, decivilizing, and demonizing poor neighborhoods ● State services, overextended and direly short of means ● Unrealistic aspirations ● Menial and low paying jobs ● Semi-skilled work and labor ● Poor educational achievement and unemployment ● Declining local institutions (businesses, churches, neighborhood associations, and public services) ● Limited informal contacts and other resources ● Despair, apathy, and frustration ● Hopelessness, anger, and self-defeat ● Stigmatization, marginalization, and victimization ● Failure to make steady progress towards life betterment