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The Human Mosaic: Cultural Anthropology with Gem Baldwin (ANTH 206): Poverty and Structural Violence

"For there is another kind of violence, slower but just as deadly, destructive as the shot or the bomb in the night. This is the violence of institutions; indifference and inaction and slow decay. This is the violence that afflicts the poor, that poisons relations between men because their skin has different colors. This is a slow destruction of a child by hunger, and schools without books and homes without heat in the winter." - Robert F. Kennedy, 1968


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Key Issues/Keywords

  • cycle of poverty
  • mortgage interest deduction
  • racism
  • housing discrimination
  • affordable housing
  • public housing
  • landlord/tenant laws
  • redlining
  • drug addiction / opiate epidemic