The Explosive Nature of the Culture of Poverty


This teaching case describes the contentious nature of discussions about the culture of poverty as reflected in a diversity training session in a social service organization. Due to the complex nature of poverty, the training session led to intense conflict between the trainer and a diverse group of participants. The fallout from the training session was so significant that special focus groups were formed to debrief the experience. The case concludes with a set of discussion questions.

Vu, C.
Austin, M.J.
Publication date: 
October 12, 2008
Publication type: 
Journal Article