Reconsidering The 'Culture Of Poverty'

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Patricia Cohen, reporter, New York Times
Sudhir Venkatesh, professor, Columbia University

Why are poor people poor? For years, many scholars blamed it on a culture of poverty — the idea that behavior and attitudes played a key role. Then, the concept was blasted as blaming the victim, and almost universally shunned. But a new understanding of the "culture of poverty" has recently emerged.



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