Social Science For “Prof Miley” ONLY

Theories of Poverty Discussion


Theories explain phenomena and predict how the phenomena will behave under specific conditions. Usefulness of theories depends on how well the theory explains what is going on and predicts what will happen under certain conditions.

  • Describe at least two individual theories and two structural theories that explain the causes (risks) of poverty.
  • Describe two individual and two structural consequences of poverty.

Give two examples to illustrate the explanatory usefulness of theories about poverty. (How well do your theories explain and predict the phenomenon of poverty?)