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Families in Poverty

ISBN-10: 0205502547
ISBN-13: 9780205502547
Edition: 2007
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Description: Poverty is a social problem and finding solutions requires us to look closely at our social institutions. Families in Poverty brings together the best and most recent quantitative and qualitative data to examine the many dimensions of this problem  More...

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Book details

List price: $44.80
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/25/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484

Poverty is a social problem and finding solutions requires us to look closely at our social institutions. Families in Poverty brings together the best and most recent quantitative and qualitative data to examine the many dimensions of this problem in the United States, such as: What are the structural causes of poverty? How is poverty measured, and how many families live in poverty? What are the consequences of living in poverty for both children and adults? How much do families benefit from government programs designed to alleviate poverty? Book jacket.

Karen Seccombe, M.S.W, Ph.D .is a Professor of Community Health at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.nbsp; She received her Masterrsquo;s Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington focusing on health and social welfare policy.nbsp; She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Washington State University, where she continued to develop her public policy interests in inequality, families, and health.nbsp; She is the author ofFamilies and their Social Worlds(Pearson Allyn & Bacon),Families in Poverty(Pearson Allyn & Bacon), nbsp;Just Donrsquo;t Get Sick: Access to Health Care in the Aftermath of Welfare Reform, with Kim Hoffman (Rutgers University Press), andMarriage and Families: Relationships in Social Context, with Rebecca Warner (Wadsworth).nbsp; She is a Fellow in the National Council on Family Relations, and a member of the American Sociological Association and the Pacific Sociological Association.nbsp;nbsp; Her current research explores the health care needs of families after they leave welfare. She resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband Richard and her young daughters, Natalie Rose and Olivia Lin, where they enjoy hiking, kayaking, and sampling all the kid-friendly local attractions.nbsp;

Susan Ferguson is Professor of Sociology at Grinnell College, where she has taught for almost 20 years. Ferguson regularly teaches Introduction to Sociology, and her critically acclaimed anthology, Mapping the Social Landscape: Readings in Sociology (McGraw-Hill, 2010) is used in introductory classes around the country. Ferguson also teaches courses on the family, medical sociology, the Sociology of the Body, and a new seminar on social inequality and identity. Ferguson has published in all of these areas, including the research collection, Breast Cancer: Society Shapes an Epidemic (with co-editor Anne Kasper, Palgrave, 2000), and Shifting the Center: Understanding Contemporary Families (McGraw-Hill, 2011). In addition, Ferguson is the General Editor for Contemporary Family Perspectives, which is a series of research monographs and short texts on the family (Sage Publications).Ferguson, who grew up in a working class family in Colorado, still considers the Rocky Mountains to be her spiritual home. A first-generation college student, Ferguson was able to attend college with the help of scholarships, work study, and financial loans. She majored in Political Science and Spanish and also completed certificates of study in Womenrsquo;s Studies and Latin American Studies. After working a couple of years for a large research grant sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development, Ferguson entered graduate school and completed her masterrsquo;s degree in sociology at Colorado State University and her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her areas of study are gender, family, womenrsquo;s health, and pedagogy, but her primary enthusiasm is for teaching.

Families in the Twenty-First Century
Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Putting a Face on Poverty
Dee
What Are Dee's Options?
Kate
Why Is Kate's Family Poor?
Robert and Maria
What Can We Learn from Robert and Maria?
Poverty Is a Structural Problem
Conclusion and Organization
Who Are the Poor, and What Exactly Is Poverty, Anyway?
How Many Are Poor?
Race, Ethnicity, and Poverty
Children in Poverty
Other Parts of the Story
Pearl's Family: Living in Extreme Poverty
How Is Poverty Measured?
Absolute Measures
Poverty Threshold (Lines) vs. Poverty Guidelines
Criticisms of the U.S. Poverty Thresholds (and Guidelines)
Relative Measures
Inequality in Wealth and Income
Social Class
The Upper Class
The Upper Middle Class
The Middle Class
The Working Class
The Working Poor
The Underclass
How Does Social Class Affect Our Lives?
Living Poorly: Poverty's Effects on Children and Their Parents
Carlos
Physical Health
Birth Outcomes
Lead Paint Poisoning
Food Insecurity and Hunger
Access to Healthcare
Cognitive Abilities and School Achievement
Children's Mental Health, Social Adjustment, and Well-being
Consequences for Adults
Pathways
Health and Nutrition
Quality of the Home Environment
Parental Stress and Mental Health
Fewer Resources for Learning
Housing Problems
Poor Quality Neighborhoods
How Americans View Poverty: Why Are So Many Families Poor?
Historical Views About Poverty
Colonial America
The Nineteenth Century
Black Americans
Mexican Americans
Native Americans
Current Views About Poverty
Individualism
Social Structuralism
Culture of Poverty
Fatalism
Welfare and Its Reform: Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
History of Cash Assistance Programs
Mothers' Pensions
Aid to Dependent Children (ADC)
Growing Caseloads and Growing Concerns
The 1960s and the War on Poverty
Precursor to Welfare Reform
Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF): "Ending Welfare As We Know It"
How TANF Works
State Policies and State Variation
Other TANF Policies and Regulations
What Do Welfare Recipients Think of Welfare Reform?
How Is TANF Working? Research Findings
Poverty Rates Among Families That Leave TANF Are Very High
Families That Left Welfare Recently Are More At Risk Than Early TANF-Leavers
Families Leaving Welfare Are More Likely to Have Significant Health Problems
A Large Share of Very Poor and Needy Families Do Not Receive TANF
Childcare Assistance Is Crucial to Helping Families Move from Welfare to Work
Building Resiliency: Programs and Policies for Families
Family Resiliency
Individual, Family, and Community Factors
What Is Missing? Structural Conditions
Food Stamp Program
Eligibility
Characteristics of Food Stamp Households
Inadequacy of Food Stamps
Health Insurance
The Stress of Being Uninsured
Medicaid
State Plans: The Oregon Health Plan
SCHIP
Medicare
Head Start
The Earned Income Tax Credit
Social Security
Can Poverty Be Eliminated? Lessons We Could Learn
Reasons for High Poverty in the United States
Comparative Family Policies
Family Allowance
Childcare Policies
Maternity and Parental Leaves
Case Study: France
Conclusion
References
Index

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