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The Human Poverty Index combines three measures of deprivation. List and explain these three measures.

What are the functions of poverty according to structural functionalists?

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The Human Poverty Index combines three measures of deprivation. List and explain these three measures.
The three measures used in the Human Development Reports are a long and healthy life, knowledge, and an acceptable standard of living. These are created within the reports of the nations by charting the probability at birth of surviving until age 60 which correlates to the long and healthy life. The knowledge is in the functional literacy skills which is based on the percentage of people without those skills. The standard of living is affected by the long term unemployment percentage of the population and the population living below fifty percent of the median income. Countries are then ranked according to the overall scores combined across the four elements. Countries northern Europe such as Sweden, Netherlands, Norway and Denmark have the highest rankings. The United States and United Kingdom are number seventeen and sixteen respectively according to the 2007-2008 report.

http://hdr.undp.org/en/statistics/indices/hpi/

What are the functions of poverty according to structural functionalists?
Structural functionalists see poverty ...

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Absolute vs Relative poverty is clarified.

One of the great distinctions offered by students of social class is between absolute and relative poverty. What is this distinction how does it play out in the American class system? I started by defining the terms.

In absolute poverty, a person cannot provide for his/her basic needs such as food and shelter. Homeless people suffer from absolute poverty. In relative poverty, the government's official statistics define the poverty level as those earning below 60% of average earnings.

How does it play out in the American class system?

You may also want to use the poverty threshold under this link as additional reference.
http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/data/threshld/index.html)

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