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CLIP 14003

The experience of poverty in the USA

The experience of poverty in the USA
Key Info
  • The experience of poverty in the USA
  • Duration: 07:17
  • Starr is pregnant and her husband and two children are living in a hostel for the homeless. Living in USA, one of the richest countries in the world, Starr explains how she was born into poverty and has ended up pregnant and homeless. We see Starr give birth to her baby and ask questions about her baby’s future in an unequal country. We also meet the director of a charity who describes the growing problem of homeless pregnant women in the USA.Can be used in conjunction with 14004, 14005 and 14006.
  • Warning: Contains scenes of childbirth and scenes which some may find upsetting.
  • Subject:

    Citizenship and Modern Studies



  • Keywords: Homelessness, relative poverty, USA, inequality, poverty cycle, absolute poverty, charity, poverty, Why Poverty, Four Born Every Second, WelcomeToTheWorld
Ideas for use in class
  • Prior to viewing, students can brainstorm their ideas about the USA and its people. This can then be compared with Starr’s experiences. Issues about the differences between inequality and poverty and whether they are related can also be raised. The likelihood of Starr’s baby also being in poverty can be discussed. Relative poverty can be compared with absolute poverty by also watching 14004, 14005 and 14006.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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