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San Diego Miramar College Sociological Literature Trends & Urban Poverty Paper


  • Examine current trends in the sociological literature that speak to urban poverty. Why do some cities seem to be thriving while others seem to be in collapse?
  • How are the urban poor making out? Why? And what can be done in response?

Topic Choice: Current trends in the sociological literature that speak to urban poverty. Why: I chose this topic because I have personal experience with living in urban poverty. If you are like me, you feel compassion for people that are living in poverty in third world countries; but often we don’t see the people living in poverty here. It is obvious that there is an obligation here that needs to be met in some communities. Structural Functionalism includes things like education and healthcare and the quality varies depending on social location. From Conflict Theory perspective, capitalism creates poverty, making economic systems the source of inequality. Symbolic Theory can relate to poverty by how the poor are treated and how others interact with people who live in poor neighborhoods

  • Introduction (statement of the problem) of urban poverty
  • Literature review
  • Background information/history
  • Global perspective
  • Future implications
  • Conclusion
  • Reference

Must include the references listed below. You may add more as needed. References have to be scholarly resources that have been published in the last 5 years.


Deo, S. Urban Poverty and Vulnerability: Literature and Perspective.

Giddens, A., & Sutton, P. W. (2021). Sociology. John Wiley A& Sons.

Hodgetts, D., & Stolte, O. (2017). Urban poverty and health inequalities: A relational approach.

Keet, C. A., Matsui, E. C., McCormack, M. C., & Peng, R. D. (2017). Urban residence, neighborhood
poverty, race/ethnicity, and asthma morbidity among children on Medicaid. Journal of Allergy and
Clinical Immunology, 140(3), 822-827.

Kronauer, M. (2019). ‘Social exclusion’and ‘underclass’-new concepts for the analysis of poverty. In
Empirical poverty research in a comparative perspective (pp. 51-76). Routledge.

Littlewood, P., & Herkommer, S. (2017). Identifying social exclusion: Some problems of meaning. In Social
Exclusion in Europe (pp. 1-22). Routledge

Lucci, P., Bhatkal, T., & Khan, A. (2018). Are we underestimating urban poverty?. World Development,
103, 297-310.
Marwell, N. P., & Morrissey, S. L. (2020). Organizations and the governance of urban poverty. Annual
Review of Sociology, 46, 233-250.

Nouri, M. J., & Zebardast, E. (2021). Where are the urban poor? The spatial distribution pattern of urban
poverty. International Journal of Human Capital in Urban Management, 6(3), 305-322.

Olszewski-Kubilius, P., & Corwith, S. (2018). Poverty, academic achievement, and giftedness: A literature
review. Gifted Child Quarterly, 62(1), 37-55.

Soboleva, T. V., & Ponomareva, E. V. (2020). Poverty in modern life. Язык в сфере профессиональной
коммуникации.—Екатеринбург, 2020, 85-88.
Staicu, G. (Ed.). (2017). Poverty, Inequality and Policy. BoD–Books on Demand.

Must be 8-9 pages in APA format.


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