Poverty in America

  • Filename: poverty-in-america.
  • ISBN: 9780520951907
  • Release Date: 2012-03-22
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: John Iceland
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press

Poverty may have always been with us, but it hasn't always been the same. In an in-depth look at trends, patterns, and causes of poverty in the United States, John Iceland combines the latest statistical information, historical data, and social scientific theory to provide a comprehensive picture of poverty in America—a picture that shows how poverty is measured and understood and how this has changed over time, as well as how public policies have grappled with poverty as a political issue and an economic reality. Why does poverty remain so pervasive? Is it unavoidable? Are people from particular racial or ethnic backgrounds or family types inevitably more likely to be poor? What can we expect over the next few years? What are the limits of policy? These are just a few of the questions this book addresses. In a remarkably concise, readable, and accessible format, Iceland explores what the statistics and the historical record, along with most of the major works on poverty, tell us. At the same time, he advances arguments about the relative nature and structural causes of poverty—arguments that eloquently contest conventional wisdom about the links between individual failure, family breakdown, and poverty in America. At a time when the personal, political, social, and broader economic consequences of poverty are ever clearer and more pressing, the depth and breadth of understanding offered by this handbook should make it an essential resource and reference for all scholars, politicians, policymakers, and people of conscience in America.

Poverty in America

  • Filename: poverty-in-america.
  • ISBN: 9780520273009
  • Release Date: 2012-01-01
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Author: John Iceland
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press

"In an in-depth look at trends, patterns, and causes of poverty in the United States, John Iceland combines the latest statistical information, historical data, and social scientific theory to provide a comprehensive picture of poverty in America--a picture that shows how poverty is measured and understood and how this has changed over time, as well as how public policies have grappled with pooverty as a political issue and an economic reality. This edition is updated with a 2012 preface addressing the most current data on poverty in light of the recent economic downturn."--Back cover.

Poverty in America

  • Filename: poverty-in-america.
  • ISBN: 0520933044
  • Release Date: 2006-02-06
  • Number of pages: 223
  • Author: John Iceland
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press

In a remarkably concise, readable, and accessible format, John Iceland provides a comprehensive picture of poverty in America, He shows how poverty is measured and understood and how it has changed over time, as well as how public policies have grappled with poverty as a political issue and an economic reality. This edition has been updated and includes a new preface.

Take Back Your Time

  • Filename: take-back-your-time.
  • ISBN: 9781605096384
  • Release Date: 2003-08-09
  • Number of pages: 270
  • Author: John de Graaf
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

The authors of the bestseller The Secret (over 350,000 copies sold)--legendary bestselling author Ken Blanchard and top Chick-fil-A executive Mark Miller--offer profound wisdom and practical advice for how to keep growing in your leadership effectiveness throughout your life.

A People s History of Poverty in America

  • Filename: a-people-s-history-of-poverty-in-america.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015082700405
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Number of pages: 322
  • Author: Stephen Pimpare
  • Publisher:

A comprehensive report on poverty from the perspectives of poor and welfare-reliant Americans analyzes the country's charity and aid systems, illuminates the struggles of the underprivileged for survival and respect, and shares anecdotal observations about how the poor view themselves. 12,500 first printing.

Handbook of Families and Poverty

  • Filename: handbook-of-families-and-poverty.
  • ISBN: 9781412950428
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Number of pages: 495
  • Author: D. Russell Crane
  • Publisher: SAGE

''The Brigham Young University Family Studies Center sponsored a three-day research conference on Families and Poverty in March of 2004. The conference covered a broad range of topics including parenting, health care for poor families, how family processes influence families experiencing economic hardship, consequences of welfare reform in the United States, economic status of ethnically diverse elderly, and microentrepreneurship in developing countries. This handbook was built out of the papers presented at this conference.'' ''According to the U.S. Census Bureau, ôIn 2004, 37 million people [in the U.S.] were in poverty, up 1.1 million from 2003.ö· ThatÆs a 12.5% increase in one year. Worse yet - the rate has increased over the last four consecutive years. A major goal of this handbook will be to highlight the common issues and concerns related to how this is affecting families. Disciplines represented will include: business, child development, family studies, marriage and family therapy, nursing, political science, population studies, psychology, public policy, social work, and sociology. 'Written by respected scholars from a variety of relevant disciplines, this handbook will cover hotly debated issues associated with public policy and funded research as they relate to families and poverty. Contributors, bringing multiple perspectives to bear, will aim to show alternatives to welfare in subgroups facing specific challenges that are currently not adequately addressed by the welfare system. (Several works have focused on welfare reform and poverty, but few have included as extensive a discussion.) Readers wil lalso appreciate the insightful summaries of research involving poverty and its relationship to couple, marital, and family dynamics. 2004 is the most recent year for which this sort of census information is available.

Women and Poverty in 21st Century America

  • Filename: women-and-poverty-in-21st-century-america.
  • ISBN: 9780786488148
  • Release Date: 2011-12-21
  • Number of pages: 273
  • Author: Paula vW. Dáil
  • Publisher: McFarland

Despite an overhaul in the 1990s, the American welfare system remains with a business model focused on the bottom line. Crafted by male-dominated legislative bodies whose members most likely never had to choose between paying the rent or feeding their kids, established policies primarily protect the popular programs that ensure politicians' re-election. This book offers a feminist perspective on the 21st century attitude toward poverty, illustrated by the words of women forced to live every day with social policies they had no voice in developing. Topics include the struggles of daily life, cr.

Worlds Apart

  • Filename: worlds-apart.
  • ISBN: 0300084560
  • Release Date: 2000-08-01
  • Number of pages: 235
  • Author: Cynthia M. Duncan
  • Publisher: Yale University Press

The author "examines the nature of poverty in Blackwell in Appalachia and in the Mississippi Delta town of Dahlia" and contrasts them to New England's Gray Mountain's "rich civic culture that enables the poor to escape poverty."--Jacket.

Legacies of the War on Poverty

  • Filename: legacies-of-the-war-on-poverty.
  • ISBN: 9781610448147
  • Release Date: 2013-07-31
  • Number of pages: 324
  • Author: Martha J. Bailey
  • Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation

Many believe that the War on Poverty, launched by President Johnson in 1964, ended in failure. In 2010, the official poverty rate was 15 percent, almost as high as when the War on Poverty was declared. Historical and contemporary accounts often portray the War on Poverty as a costly experiment that created doubts about the ability of public policies to address complex social problems. Legacies of the War on Poverty, drawing from fifty years of empirical evidence, documents that this popular view is too negative. The volume offers a balanced assessment of the War on Poverty that highlights some remarkable policy successes and promises to shift the national conversation on poverty in America. Featuring contributions from leading poverty researchers, Legacies of the War on Poverty demonstrates that poverty and racial discrimination would likely have been much greater today if the War on Poverty had not been launched. Chloe Gibbs, Jens Ludwig, and Douglas Miller dispel the notion that the Head Start education program does not work. While its impact on children’s test scores fade, the program contributes to participants’ long-term educational achievement and, importantly, their earnings growth later in life. Elizabeth Cascio and Sarah Reber show that Title I legislation reduced the school funding gap between poorer and richer states and prompted Southern school districts to desegregate, increasing educational opportunity for African Americans. The volume also examines the significant consequences of income support, housing, and health care programs. Jane Waldfogel shows that without the era’s expansion of food stamps and other nutrition programs, the child poverty rate in 2010 would have been three percentage points higher. Kathleen McGarry examines the policies that contributed to a great success of the War on Poverty: the rapid decline in elderly poverty, which fell from 35 percent in 1959 to below 10 percent in 2010. Barbara Wolfe concludes that Medicaid and Community Health Centers contributed to large reductions in infant mortality and increased life expectancy. Katherine Swartz finds that Medicare and Medicaid increased access to health care among the elderly and reduced the risk that they could not afford care or that obtaining it would bankrupt them and their families. Legacies of the War on Poverty demonstrates that well-designed government programs can reduce poverty, racial discrimination, and material hardships. This insightful volume refutes pessimism about the effects of social policies and provides new lessons about what more can be done to improve the lives of the poor.

Social Class and Changing Families in an Unequal America

  • Filename: social-class-and-changing-families-in-an-unequal-america.
  • ISBN: 9780804770897
  • Release Date: 2011-06-21
  • Number of pages: 230
  • Author: Marcia Carlson
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press

This book offers an up-to-the-moment assessment of the condition of the American family in an era of growing inequality.

Storming Caesars Palace

  • Filename: storming-caesars-palace.
  • ISBN: 0807050326
  • Release Date: 2005
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Author: Annelise Orleck
  • Publisher: Beacon Press

It was a spring day on the Las Vegas strip in 1971 when Ruby Duncan, a former cotton picker turned hotel maid, the mother of seven, led a procession. Followed by an angry army of welfare mothers, they stormed the casino hotel Caesars Palace to protest Nevada’s decision to terminate their benefits. The demonstrations went on for weeks, garnering the protesters and their cause national attention. Las Vegas felt the pinch; tourism was cut by half. Ultimately, a federal judge ruled to reinstate benefits. It was a victory for welfare rights advocates across the country. In Storming Caesars Palace, historian Annelise Orleck tells the compelling story of how a group of welfare mothers and their supporters built one of this country’s most successful antipoverty programs. Declaring that “we can do it and do it better” these women proved that poor mothers are the real experts on poverty. In 1972 they founded Operation Life, which was responsible for all kinds of firsts for the poor in Las Vegas—the first library, medical center, daycare center, job training, and senior citizen housing. By the late 1970s, Operation Life was bringing millions of dollars into the community each year. And these women were influential in Washington, D.C.—respected and listened to by the likes of Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Ted Kennedy, and Jimmy Carter. Ultimately, in the 1980s, Ruby Duncan and her band of reformers lost their funding with the country’s move toward conservatism. But the story of their incredible struggles and triumphs still stands as an important lesson about what can be achieved when those on welfare chart their own course.

The Oxford Handbook of Latin American Economics

  • Filename: the-oxford-handbook-of-latin-american-economics.
  • ISBN: 9780199571048
  • Release Date: 2011-07-28
  • Number of pages: 932
  • Author: José Antonio Ocampo
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

A comprehensive overview of the key factors affecting the development of Latin American economies that examines long-term growth performance, macroeconomic issues, Latin American economies in the global context, technological and agricultural policies, and the evolution of labour markets, the education sector, and social security programmes.

A Portrait of America

  • Filename: a-portrait-of-america.
  • ISBN: 9780520959101
  • Release Date: 2014-09-05
  • Number of pages: 291
  • Author: John Iceland
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press

Portrait of America describes our nation’s changing population and examines through a demographic lens some of our most pressing contemporary challenges, ranging from poverty and economic inequality to racial tensions and health disparities. Celebrated authorJohn Iceland covers various topics, including America's historical demographic growth; the American family today; gender inequality; economic well-being; immigration and diversity; racial and ethnic inequality; internal migration and residential segregation; and health and mortality. The discussion of these topics is informed by several sources, including an examination of household survey data, and by syntheses of existing published material, both quantitative and qualitative. Iceland discusses the current issues and controversies around these themes, highlighting their role in everyday debates taking place in Congress, the media, and in American living rooms. Each chapter includes historical background, as well as a discussion of how patterns and trends in the United States compare to those in peer countries.

The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State

  • Filename: the-oxford-handbook-of-the-welfare-state.
  • ISBN: 9780191628290
  • Release Date: 2012-09-06
  • Number of pages: 908
  • Author: Francis G. Castles
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford

The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State is the authoritative and definitive guide to the contemporary welfare state. In a volume consisting of nearly fifty newly-written chapters, a broad range of the world's leading scholars offer a comprehensive account of everything one needs to know about the modern welfare state. The book is divided into eight sections. It opens with three chapters that evaluate the philosophical case for (and against) the welfare state. Surveys of the welfare state’s history and of the approaches taken to its study are followed by four extended sections, running to some thirty-five chapters in all, which offer a comprehensive and in-depth survey of our current state of knowledge across the whole range of issues that the welfare state embraces. The first of these sections looks at inputs and actors (including the roles of parties, unions, and employers), the impact of gender and religion, patterns of migration and a changing public opinion, the role of international organisations and the impact of globalisation. The next two sections cover policy inputs (in areas such as pensions, health care, disability, care of the elderly, unemployment, and labour market activation) and their outcomes (in terms of inequality and poverty, macroeconomic performance, and retrenchment). The seventh section consists of seven chapters which survey welfare state experience around the globe (and not just within the OECD). Two final chapters consider questions about the global future of the welfare state. The individual chapters of the Handbook are written in an informed but accessible way by leading researchers in their respective fields giving the reader an excellent and truly up-to-date knowledge of the area under discussion. Taken together, they constitute a comprehensive compendium of all that is best in contemporary welfare state research and a unique guide to what is happening now in this most crucial and contested area of social and political development.

The Routledge Handbook of the Welfare State

  • Filename: the-routledge-handbook-of-the-welfare-state.
  • ISBN: 9781136190223
  • Release Date: 2012-12-12
  • Number of pages: 496
  • Author: Bent Greve
  • Publisher: Routledge

‘The welfare state’ in all its many forms has had a profound role in many countries around the world since at least the Second World War. The Routledge Handbook of the Welfare State explores the classical issues around the welfare state, but also investigates its key concepts, along with how these can be used and analysed. Over forty contributions from renowned international specialists in the field provide readers with expert analysis of the core issues related to the welfare state, including regional depictions of welfare states around the globe. The book combines essays on methodologies, core concepts and central policy areas to produce a comprehensive picture of what ‘the welfare state’ means around the world. In the midst of the credit crunch, the Handbook addresses some of the many questions about the welfare state. It will be an invaluable reference book for students and scholars throughout the social sciences, particularly in sociology, social policy, public policy, international relations, politics, and gender studies.

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