The sense of the dollar as it is interpreted in the daily American life and the overall culture forms the main stay of this discussion. The American culture is as old as the history of America and it is shaped by the daily events that have undergone many changes over the years. Using the definition of culture as the overall way of people’s life in society, the sense of the dollar borrows heavily from the meanings that the society has…...
The social problem I have chosen to focus on is poverty, but specifically the lack of access to adequate employment and the obstacles people living in poverty might encounter. For this particular social issue, I have decided to compare and contrast the United States with Australia. Taking a closer look at this problem, I am going to focus on the more specific issues pertaining to this concern, which include, the lack of access impoverished individuals in rural or remote communities…...
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In my opinion, I feel that the author of “Nickel and Dimed”, Barbara Ehrenreich, had ethical intentions when making the decision to investigate “poverty” by emerging herself in the “low-wage lifestyle”. The ethical concern, however, is with her approach. I feel that the way in which it was conducted could be viewed as degrading to those who do not have an alternative to this way of living. True, hopeless poverty does not have those “reassuring limits” that Ehrenreich had the…...
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A People's History of the United States is a 1980 non-fiction book by American historian and political scientist Howard Zinn. In the book, Zinn seeks to present American history through the eyes of the common people rather than political and economic elites. A People's History has been assigned as reading in many high schools and colleges across the United States. It has also resulted in a change in the focus of historical work, which now includes stories that previously were…...
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