Amia Lieblich, professor emerita at the Hebrew University, has turned her gaze and attention to a group she calls “The New Poor.” “The new poverty,” she writes: “is poverty that is unexpected, given the place that those who suffer from it started. The new poor are people who stood on their own two feet, or who were supposed to stand on their own two feet economically, but for some reason the ground withdrew from beneath them.” Who are these folks? Do they represent a social problem and challenge that needs to be addressed on its own terms?
This is a segment from The “Federation Delegation Visitation Conversation” Edition.
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