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Submitted by Bob Spencer on
For the incentives to have an appeal, the alienated young person needs to believe that no matter what, they can make it. They have to believe that life can become stable and fair or that they have the power enough to obtain an opportunity. For many, they were born and raised in poverty and have no experience of incentives except what they see in their isolated neighborhood. The neighborhood criminal or ideologue may have more appeal because they are personal acquaintances that demonstrate a higher level of affluence and prestige. In these cases, the person to person collaboration between the worker and the person needing work is essential. The personal approach fits the context of how many isolated poor people live, and we can use that appeal to tug them along until they see the incentives and begin to believe. I have seen research about this for western societies, but only my personal experiences in Asia support what I am saying here. Thank you-- Bob