A Framework for Understanding Poverty

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This is the seminal work for teachers and other professionals who work and assist people from poverty. In a non-judgmental manner, Dr. Payne delineates the differences between socio-economic classes.

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This is the seminal work for teachers and other professionals who work and assist people from poverty. In a non-judgmental manner, Dr. Payne delineates the differences between socio-economic classes. Especially revealing is her descriptions of how time, possessions, love, values and relationships are viewed differently and how one class can be sensitive when effectively interacting with another. Ruby’s definition of poverty as that of a lack resources is insightful. Middle class social workers and teachers intuitively equate lack of financial resources with poverty. Research however indicates there are eight resources; and emotional resources are more important than financial. The book’s quip on the hidden rules of each class shifts the reader to a more meaningful understanding of how to offer, without imposing, assistance.