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American Hunger: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Washington Post by Eli Saslow

By Eli Saslow

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning assortment, Washington submit reporter Eli Saslow traveled around the kingdom over the process a year—from Florida and Texas to Rhode Island and Tennessee—to learn the private and political implications and repercussions of America's turning out to be nutrients stamp program.

Saslow exhibits us the intense influence the arriving of nutrition stamps has every month on a small town's suffering financial system, the tough offerings our representatives face in imposing this $78-billion application affecting thousands of usa citizens, and the demanding situations American households, senior voters, and youngsters come upon each day in making sure they've got sufficient, and occasionally even something to devour. those unsettling and eye-opening tales make for required interpreting, offering nuance and realizing to the complicated concerns of yankee poverty.

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In every country, this perception has declined between 1976 and 1993, probably due the degradation of the labour market, and that it has, on the contrary, increased substantially from 1993 to 2001. Mind that although the differences between countries are weaker in 2001, the perception of poverty as an inherited condition remains marginal in Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands. 2) is, on the contrary, less widespread in southern countries (28 per cent in Portugal and between 32 and 35 per cent in Spain, Italy and Greece), while it is a lot more prominent in northern countries, and particularly in Germany (notably the East with 86 per cent), in the Netherlands (65 per cent) and in Denmark (53 per cent).

This type of social relation to poverty is more likely to develop in traditional societies compared to modern societies. It ideally refers to the situation of pre-industrial countries which have developed rather slowly in comparison with countries in which economic development and social progress have permitted to guarantee well-being and social security to the largest number of people. The form of poverty in Southern-European countries tends towards this type. Strictly speaking, these countries are not pre-industrial – the North of Italy, for instance, is one of the more prosperous regions in Europe – but there subsist in each one of these countries regions that are economically very poor.

Being assisted is the identifying mark of the poor person’s condition, the criterion of her belonging to a specific social layer of the population. A layer that is inevitably devalued because it is defined by its dependence on others. Being assisted, in this sense, is receiving everything from other people without being able to engage, at least for a short period, in a relation of being complementary or reciprocal. The impoverished, receiver of help that is specifically designated to her, has to accept to live, even if it is only temporary, with the negative image that society has of her.

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