Absolute definition of poverty – is based on the idea that there is a subsistence level of income necessary to sustain life
Relative definition of poverty – defines poverty in terms of the standards of living in a particular society at a given time.
Subjective factors of poverty – a personal view or experience of some of the factors of poverty, for example how people experience poverty, how it makes them feel.
Objective factors of poverty – are conditions or states that can be measured without asking the individual for their view
Sociological imagination – a term used by C Wright Mills to describe the ability to trace the links between wider society and the lives of individuals
Private troubles and public issues – Concepts used by C Wright Mills to illustrate the relationship between what happens in our private lives and what concerns us within society.
Socially Constructed – figures that have been gathered are defined by individuals with a particular use in mind. They reflect in part the ways in which the government chooses to record and measure these states.