Experiencing Poverty Voices from the Bottom

ISBN-10: 0205547958
ISBN-13: 9780205547951
Edition: 2nd 2009
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Description: This collection of readings provides the voice, the presence, and the perspective of the poor who live on the margins and are generally invisible to the middle and upper classes.nbsp; nbsp; The goals of this reader are twofold: (1) to bring the  More...

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Book details

List price: $60.20
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.320

This collection of readings provides the voice, the presence, and the perspective of the poor who live on the margins and are generally invisible to the middle and upper classes.nbsp; nbsp; The goals of this reader are twofold: (1) to bring the realities of the lives of the impoverished as close to the reader as possible (2) to get the reader to listen carefully to these voices of the poor in order to enhance their understanding of: nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; How the poor became poor. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; How the poor are treated by individuals and organizations in the community. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; What keeps the poor poor. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; How the poor manage day-to-day. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; What theory of causation best explains poverty. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; The consequences of the welfare-to-work federal legislation. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; The best solutions for ending poverty.

Preface
Poverty in the United States and the Sociological Imagination
The Extent and Distribution of Poverty in the United States
The Sociological Imagination
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading
Theories of Poverty: Why Are the Poor Poor?
Theories of Poverty: Who or What Is to Blame for Poverty?
Individual Theories/Cultural Explanations
Structural Explanations
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading
Poverty or At Home in a Car
The Armstrongs: An Oral History of a Homeless American Family
Feeling Trapped
No 40 Acres and a Mule: An Interview with a Displaced Black Farmer
Notes of a Racial Caste Baby
Reflection Questions for Part II
Poverty and Vulnerability
One Step Away
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading
A Veteran Speaks of the Forgotten Wounded of Iraq
On the Margins: The Lack of Resources and the Lack of Health Care
Personal Voices: An Unnatural Disaster
The Domino Effect
Reflection Questions for Part III
Living on the Economic Margins
Survival and Finances
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading
Ain't No Middle Class
The Working Poor
Discrimination/Racism/Stigma
The Stigmatizing of the Impoverished
The Consequences of Stigmatizing the Impoverished
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading
The Dynamics of Welfare Stigma
Sunset Trailer Park
Migrants and the Community
At a Slaughterhouse
Parenting in Poverty
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading
The Empty Christmas
Karla
Vinela Tejada: Custodian, Vanderbilt Hall, Harvard Medical School
Reflection Questions for Part IV
The Impact of Societal Institutions on Individual Lives
Housing/Homeless Shelters/Neighborhoods
Living in Poor Neighborhoods
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading
Shelter
The Residents of Rockwell Gardens
The Welfare System
The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading
Welfare As They Know It
Money: Milwaukee, Summer 1999
Trapped in the Double-Bind of Welfare
Schools and Schooling
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading
Seventh Grade Disaster
Always Running
Work and Working
Wages
Alienation
Risk
Sweatshops
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading
Looking for Work, Waiting for Work
Chicken Run
The Story of a Garment Worker
Frank Morley: Custodian, Littauer Center for Public Administration
Reflection Questions for Part V
Individual and Collective Agency and Empowerment
Changes from the Bottom Up
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading
Surviving Chicago's Toxic Doughnut
Welfare Rights Organizing Saved My Life
Josefina Flores: A Veteran of the War in the Fields
How Predatory Lending Victims Fought Back and Won
Reflection Questions for Part VI
Afterword
The Forgotten Children of Affluent America
Reflection Questions for the Book
Glossary
Web Sites
Index

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