Poverty definitions depend on federal poverty level income thresholds, but numbers alone do not describe what life is like in poverty. To think about life in poverty is to think about differences in class, culture, politics and opportunities for a better life.
While the organization of rural life has been fundamentally transformed by institutional and social changes that have occurred since the mid-twentieth century, rural people and communities have proved resilient in the face of these transformations.
This 2014 report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture examines how much year-to-year changes in the prevalence of household food insecurity is related to changes in unemployment, inflation and the price of food relative to other goods and services.
This report by the U.S. Census Bureau describes individuals and families living near poverty–those individuals whose family incomes are close, but not below, official poverty thresholds. This includes demographic characteristics such as age, sex, race, family type, religion, educational attainment, employment and health insurance coverage.
In Davis L. Brown and Kai A. Schafft’s essay, “Rural People and Communities in the 21st Century,” the authors illustrate that North Americans and Europeans broadly possess anti-urban and pro-rural sentiments. Intuitively, upon reading this, I felt that it must be incorrect, or at least the statement, “North Americans and Europeans hold favorable opinions about rural areas,” incompletely describes general sentiments concerning rural areas.
In this podcast, visiting scholar Ezra Rosser and UC Davis Law professor and Center faculty affiliate Lisa Pruitt discuss a range of issues related to Native American Poverty, from its lack of visibility and interest for legal scholars to its causes and possible solutions.
In this October 2013 seminar, Center Faculty Affiliate Sasha Abramsky discussed his work researching and writing about today’s poor for his new book The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives.