These include; dependency theory; the culture of poverty thesis and the cycle of deprivation. The American sociologist, Wilson 1987 , has produced one widely accepted structural perspective on the underclass.
So, Murray is just the latest exponent of the behavioural tradition, and it has been subjected to a sustained scientific critique over the past 40 years. Murray said: Delete Comment Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
Research in Britain among Asian and West Indian immigrants and their children has come to a similar conclusion to Wilson. Lib Dems.
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However, although not supported by empirical research the idea of the cycle of deprivation has achieved the status of 'common sense' in our society, clearly for many of us our perceptions of the causes of poverty are misinformed. Learn how your comment data is processed. Log in using your social network account. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines.
This was accompanied by white fear of, and discrimination against, this group. Email Address. Wilson tries to explain the causes of many of the phenomena that are identified as signs of an underclass.
Join the discussion. Steve Coogan. Additionally, it is argued by Rex and Tomlinson that the position of racial minorities in Britain can only be understood in the light of its imperial past. Independent Minds Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Minds.
Alternative structural approaches to the underclass, which do not focus purely on race include those of Townsend and Field. Such women now have no need to forge permanent alliances with the young unskilled males who are by nature "essentially barbarians'' until they are civilised by marriage.