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The Gini Coefficient

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Lesley Kenny

Soc220 Nov 16, 2011 The Gini Co-efficient >transportation, Margaret Wente's G&M article, Sat Nov 5, Occupiers are Blaming the Wrong People What was her main argument? Who/what was her evidence? Skype interview with Laurel O'Gorman -homicide are at 40 year low... but people think the opposite Baby mentioned in the syllabus What does/will your syllababy need in order not to live in “straitened” circumstances? >education, employment, Bourdieu's concept of habitus >how we embody social structure (class, institutions, rules) > out internalized sense of our place in the social pecking order >affects everything we think, say, feel, hear, do, say and dis/like >from the minute to monstrous Your habitus is formed by... >the generations that came before you and how they shaped each succeeding generation >your parents – their SES, particularly their education >are your parents white/black/aboriginal/chinese..? >are they wealthy business owners? Modest income blue collar workers? Ground-down office workers? Suffer from the ffects of war? Perhaps you were raised by other family members, or Those are the reasons you are: >wearing what you are wearing >sitting where/how you are sitting >thinking what you are thinking >making the judgments you are making “Why doesn't s/he just X?” -get a damn job -get a better $job -get govt assistance -get an agency's help -apply for a scholarship -get a decent scholarship -dress the kiddies up better -have better taste in wo/men -stand up more for him/herself Structural answers >people have different access to resources Poverty in Canada -CA does not have a “poverty line” or one definitnio/measure of “poverty” -we have relative and absolute measures -relative: LICO, LIM and gini coefficient -absolute: MBM LICO for Canada, 2008 -9.4% of CDNS live in families whose income is below the after-tax LICO (~3m) -6/10 CDNS live paycheque to paycheque -59% of CDN workers say they would be in $$ trouble if their paycheque was delayed 1 wk Income gap at 30 year high -CA's gap btwn rich and poor is growing -the after-tax income gap hasn't been this high in at least 30 years -it has been growing even faster than the late 1990's -in 2004: the avg earnings of richest 10% of CA's families raising children was 82 times that earned by the poorest 10% of CA's fa
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