• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Identify the Reasons offered by Sociologists to Explain Why Women are more at Risk of Poverty than Men. Within Britain, there is poverty all around us. However, poverty is quite difficult to define because there is no official poverty

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Identify the Reasons offered by Sociologists to Explain Why Women are more at Risk of Poverty than Men. Within Britain, there is poverty all around us. However, poverty is quite difficult to define because there is no official poverty line in Britain, and the 3 method used are: using 50-60% average income, this is difficult because there are different numbers of people within each household, therefore income may need to stretch more or less due to this. In addition to this the person(s) savings aren't included, and this could make a difference. Those on means tested benefits, this is challenging because not everyone knows what benefits they are entitled to, while others struggle to go back to work and loose the benefits, so decide not to work, or work very limited hours. So therefore are in a continuous poverty trap. Using a basket of goods or services does not help define poverty because people(s) wants and needs differ; also, the actual list requires updating. There are many factors to consider when explaining why the genders differ within poverty. These are: employment; segregated labour market; those who experience being poor; and lone-female households. ...read more.

Middle

This demonstrates that more men are employed within the high status and paying occupations, while women work within the more caring side of employment, but are paid less. The segregated labour market shows that women are more likely to be in poverty than men because, although women are treated more equally in society today, they are still seen as 'inferior' to men. Thus meaning that men are gaining most of the employment, which pays well as they can gain the training and skills etc., whereas women have a duty to their household and mainly their children (if any)? In addition to this women are paid less than men, and even though in some occupational sectors have a high proportion of women employees, they are poorly paid compared to the male dominated sectors. Lone-female households also contribute to women being more at risk of poverty than men. This is because men's earnings are considerably higher than women's. Additionally to this two groups of women are most at risk of poverty are lone mothers and retired women living on their own. Within the UK over half of all lone-parent households are considered to be poor. ...read more.

Conclusion

of that household are in poverty due to others. Also, women are more likely than men to feel isolated and depressed by lack of money. However, women have a higher likelihood of forming social networks, which can arise from their caring 'nature'; this means that older women have better social relationships and are less isolated than men. In conclusion, women are more likely to be in poverty than men because they are unable to continually work due to parental responsibilities. Those who are the sole earner of the household are unable to work full-time, because they need to fit in with their child(ren)'s school hours and holidays because of they can't afford childcare and the lack of affordable childcare. Also older women living on their own are more at risk of poverty than men because they can't gain the full basic state pension due to their m-shaped employment profile. However, because of women's caring roles, they tend to have made social networks, meaning that those in poverty, especially retired women on their own, have better social relationships and feel less isolated than men. ?? ?? ?? ?? By Katie Watson As Sociology Mrs Turner ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Sociology section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Sociology essays

  1. Social exclusion is not the same as poverty - Discuss.

    It is worth noting that while such information on the progress of policies, they do not always provide much information on the processes that cause them. Poverty assimilating onto social exclusion can also be described as: "...poverty is only one attribute of those at the bottom of the heap: they

  2. crime and poverty

    Material deprivation is when people do not have the basic necessities to survive so for example food and water. From my point of view I haven't seen more police on the street yet to crack down on crime and make Newham a better place.

  1. Determining the Elite within Politics and the Judiciary.

    financed legal aid, have meant that some people with little private income have been able to make a living at the bar (Griffith 1991 p35). However, no decline in the dominance of exclusive education seems apparent from the figures given above, and the judicial elite seems unaffected by the same

  2. Conjugal roles within the modern household

    The answers I got from the different couples I interviewed varied widely, making it difficult to draw any conclusions. Below this table I took the opportunity to ask the respondents a question about ?? above sentence themselves in the males case and their partners in the females case.

  1. The changing status of women in employment

    How far do you agree with these statements? "Women have achieved equal status with men in employment" Strongly agree Agree Not sure Disagree Strongly disagree "Women are less likely to get promoted at work than men" Strongly agree Agree

  2. Sociology Essay - The History of Welfare and the Problem of Poverty in England.

    Through their research they found that �1 a week was the minimum income to keep a family above the 'poverty line'. They concluded that if you could not afford the basic basket of food you were below the poverty line.

  1. Women are at a higher risk of living in poverty than men because of ...

    Males are seen as the dominant gender and this is the way society operates. Women will accept the higher status of men and consequently higher status and income jobs. This concept will be operationalised to see if the ideologies are what constrain women's position.

  2. This assignment will examine issues around social exclusion and teenage pregnancy. It will explore ...

    It shows how they identified and linked the risk factors to teenage pregnancy and how all of these seem to have an association with the poorest category of society the `underclass`. The report by the S.E.U (1999) also shows how these risk factors can be seen in geographical concentrations, thus

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work