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The "disadvantaged" is a generic term for individuals or groups of people who:

Economically disadvantaged[edit]

In common usage "the disadvantaged" is a generic term for those "from lower-income backgrounds" or "the Disadvantaged Poor".[3] The "economically disadvantaged" is a term used by government institutions in for example allocating free school meals to "a student who is a member of a household that meets the income eligibility guidelines for free or reduced-price meals (less than or equal to 185% of Federal Poverty Guidelines)"[4][5] or business grants.[6]

The "disadvantaged" is often applied in a third world context[citation needed] and typically relate to women with reduced "upward mobility"[3] suffering social exclusion and having limited access to natural resources and economic opportunities.[3] They are often landless or marginal farmers operating on the most unproductive land.[3]

According to Paul Krugman in an October 2002 article titled "about the distribution of wealth",[7] there is even more of a divide between the classes today than in the 1920s, meaning that the disadvantaged are becoming more economically disadvantaged.

Many disadvantaged groups are also not recognized as disadvantaged, thus giving a disadvantage when they are denied access for tools of self-sufficiency. One example is gender. Such groups are low Socio-economic status and racialized males, especially non-custodial fathers, as well as women choosing traditional gender roles.

Disadvantaged area[edit]

Many governments use Disadvantaged area as a designation for various "problem" areas. In the UK "disadvantaged area" is a term used for an area where there is a need "to stimulate the physical, economic and social regeneration" by attracting development and encouraging the purchase of properties.[8] in special provisions for Stamp Tax relief[9] and for areas where health is an issue.[10] In the United States The "Nursing Relief for Disadvantaged Areas Act"[11] allowed qualifying hospitals to employ temporary foreign workers as Registered Nurses.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 October 2006. Retrieved 2006-10-25. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Kingdom of Nepal: Economic and Social Inclusion of the Disadvantaged Poor through Livelihood Enhancement with Micro-irrigation (Financed by the Poverty Reduction Cooperation Fund), March 2006 "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 March 2007. Retrieved 2006-10-25. 
  4. ^ Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Economically Disadvantaged Status Collection and Reporting", "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 September 2006. Retrieved 2006-10-25. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 February 2007. Retrieved 2006-10-25. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 September 2006. Retrieved 2006-10-25. 
  7. ^ New York Times, "the distribution of wealth"
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 March 2007. Retrieved 2006-10-25. 
  9. ^ The Stamp Duty (Disadvantaged Areas) Regulations 2001 (SI 2001/3747)
  10. ^ UK department of Health Press Release, "Health trainers for disadvantaged areas", Published, Thursday 11 August 2005, Reference number: 2005/0285
  11. ^ The Nursing Relief for Disadvantaged Areas Act of 1999 (NRDAA)