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.

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: 9780300210514
  • Release Date: 2015-01-13
  • Number of pages: 328
  • Author: Cynthia M. Duncan
  • Publisher: Yale University Press

First published in 1999, Worlds Apart examined the nature of poverty through the stories of real people in three remote rural areas of the United States: New England, Appalachia, and the Mississippi Delta. In this new edition, Duncan returns to her original research, interviewing some of the same people as well as some new key informants. Duncan provides powerful new insights into the dynamics of poverty, politics, and community change. "Duncan, through in-depth investigation and interviews, concludes that only a strong civic culture, a sense among citizens of community and the need to serve that community, can truly address poverty. . . . Moving and troubling. Duncan has created a remarkable study of the persistent patterns of poverty and power."—Kirkus Reviews "The descriptions of rural poverty in Worlds Apart are interesting and read almost like a novel."—Choice

The Rich and the Rest of Us

  • Filename: the-rich-and-the-rest-of-us.
  • ISBN: 9781401940645
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 154
  • Author:
  • Publisher: Hay House, Inc

The authors re-examine our assumptions about poverty in America--what it really is and how to eliminate it now

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.

Undeserving Poor

  • Filename: undeserving-poor.
  • ISBN: 9780307761866
  • Release Date: 2011-08-10
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Michael Katz
  • Publisher: Pantheon

For the first time in over twenty-five years. the issue of poverty -- and our failure to deal with it -- is back at the top of the policy agenda and on the front page of the news. In this magisterial overview social historian Michael B. Katz, examines the ideas and assumptions that have shaped public policy from the sixties War on Poverty to the current war on welfare. Closely argued and lucidly written. The Undeserving Poor transcends the barriers that have channeled the American discussion of poverty and wealth into a narrow, self-defeating course, and points the way to a new, constructive approach to our major social problem. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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.

Rich and Poor in America

  • Filename: rich-and-poor-in-america.
  • ISBN: 9781598840568
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Number of pages: 275
  • Author: Geoffrey Gilbert
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO

Looks at the causes and consequences of the growing income gap in the United States.

Framing Class

  • Filename: framing-class.
  • ISBN: 9781442202252
  • Release Date: 2011-04-16
  • Number of pages: 310
  • Author: Diana Kendall
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Framing Class explores how the media, including television, film, and news, depict wealth and poverty in the United States. Fully updated and revised throughout, the second edition of this groundbreaking book now includes discussions of new media, updated media sources, and provocative new examples from movies and television, such as The Real Housewives series and media portrayals of the new poor and corporate executives in the recent recession. The book introduces the concepts of class and media framing to students and analyzes how the media portray various social classes, from the elite to the very poor. Its accessible writing and powerful examples make it an ideal text or supplement for courses in sociology, American studies, and communications.

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 American Way of Poverty

  • Filename: the-american-way-of-poverty.
  • ISBN: 9781568589558
  • Release Date: 2013-09-10
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Author: Sasha Abramsky
  • Publisher: Nation Books

Abramsky shows how poverty - a massive political scandal - is dramatically changing in the wake of the Great Recession.

Poverty and Power

  • Filename: poverty-and-power.
  • ISBN: 9781442238091
  • Release Date: 2015-01-21
  • Number of pages: 392
  • Author: Edward Royce
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

Poverty and Power asserts that American poverty is a structural problem resulting from failings in our social system rather than individual failings of the poor. Contrary to the popular belief that poverty results from individual deficiencies—that poor people lack intelligence, determination, or skills—author Edward Royce introduces students to the very real structural issues that stack the balance of power in the United States. The book introduces four systems that contribute to inequality in the U.S.—economic, political, cultural, and structural—then discusses ten institutional problems that make life difficult for the poor and contribute to the persistence of poverty. Throughout the book, the author compares individualistic and structural approaches to poverty to assess strengths and limitations of each view. The second edition of this provocative book has been revised throughout with new statistical information, and analysis of the recent recession, the Obama presidency, increasing political polarization, the rise of the Tea Party and appearance of the Occupy Movement, new anti-poverty movements, and more.

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