Interdisciplinary Research in Poverty
Poverty is the state of having unfulfilled basic needs, often associated with need, hardship and lack of resources across a wide range of circumstances. For some, poverty is a subjective and comparative term; for others, it is moral and evaluative; and for others, scientifically established. Poverty often deprives a man of all spirit and virtue. It is really hard for an empty bag to stand upright. These are not mere sentences but also illustrate the reality of most poor people. Poverty is a complex problem and it is difficult to solve it even after so many years of human existence because of its interconnectedness to several other factors like economics, government, and human psychology. Nonetheless, poverty is a stigma to humanity and all beings should have basic rights to access to food, shelter and clothes.
Over the years, several interdisciplinary researches in the area of poverty have concluded that:
Poverty is a Result of Excessive Capitalism
Capitalism is a power structure wherein the power lies with the richer counterparts of the society, and such kind of power is attained through wealth accumulation. Capitalism propagates a culture of materialism, thus creating a major gap between the rich and the poor.
We might be touching the stars technologically, but we are yet in the midst of hunger related deaths. Our government, corporate structures, economic policies and world relations are not working in our favour, clearly.
Our Culture Embraces the Rich and Shuns the Poor
We as a society are also responsible in perpetuating poverty because of the way we think or are conditioned to think. In order to appeal to other members of society, we spend our lives building a status quotient, admiring the rich and ignoring the poor despite knowing the fact that poor people are just victims of the circumstances.