Hidden Rules of Poverty
- Filed under "public policy"
- Published Monday, March 24, 2014
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We know that our economic situation has great influence on how we see our world and our future. And studies have created framework for what is considered the "culture of poverty" - providing eye-opening comparisons between persons who live in poverty, those in middle class, and those who are wealthy. Take a look at this chart and compare the way you view the world with those who live with "the hidden rules of poverty."
HIDDEN RULES OF POVERTY
|POSSESSIONS||People.||Things.||One-of -a-kind objects, legacies, pedigrees.|
|MONEY||To be used, spent.||To be managed.||To be conserved, invested.|
|PERSONALITY||Is for entertainment. Sense of humor is highly valued.||Is for acquisition and stability. Achievement is highly valued.||Is for connections. Financial, political, social connections are highly valued.|
|SOCIAL EMPHASIS||Social inclusion of people he/she likes.||Emphasis is on self-governance and self-sufficiency.||Emphasis is on social exclusion.|
|FOOD||Key question: Did you have enough? Quantity important.||Key question: Did you like it?Quality Important.||Key question: Was it presented well? Presentation important.|
|CLOTHING||Clothing valued for individual style and expression of personality.||Clothing valued for its quality and acceptance into norm of middle class. Label important.||Clothing valued for its artistic sense and expression. Designer important.|
|TIME||Present most important. Decisions made for moment based on feelings or survival.||Future most important. Decisions made against future ramifications;||Traditions and history, most important. Decisions mode partially on basis of tradition and decorum.|
|EDUCATION||Valued and revered as abstract but not as reality. Education is about facts.||Crucial for climbing success ladder and making money.||Necessary tradition for making and maintaining connections.|
|DESTINY||Believes in fate. Cannot do much to mitigate chance.||Believes in choice. Can change future with good choices now.||Noblesse oblige.|
|LANGUAGE||Casual register. Language is about survival.||Formal register. Language is about negotiation.||Formal register. Language is about networking.|
|FAMILY STRUCTURE||Tends to be matriarchal.||Tends to be patriarchal.||Depends on who has/ controls money.|
|WORLD VIEW||Sees world in terms of local setting||Sees world in terms of national setting.||Sees world in terms of international view.|
|LOVE||Love and acceptance conditional based upon whether individual is liked.||Love and acceptance conditional and based largely upon achievement.||Love and acceptance conditional and related to social standing and connections.|
|DRIVING FORCES||Survival, relationships, and entertainment.||Work, achievement.||Financial, political, and social connections.|
Source: Ruby Payne, A Framework for Understanding Poverty. Highlands, TX: aha! Process, Inc., 1996
This information provides guidance for all our work; girls and families involved in Chrysalis After-School come from all socio-economic situations and family structures. Women served by our grantee partners as well, represent a diverse array of life experiences, economic conditions, and cultures.
Having a perspective to see the world in a way different than ourselves is key to being successful, and continuously learning about our society and our world is critical.