Poverty and Power A Structural Prespective on American Inequality

ISBN-10: 0742564444
ISBN-13: 9780742564442
Edition: 2009
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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/16/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 340
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

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Acknowledgments
Poverty as a Social Problem
The Problem of Poverty
The Individualistic Perspective and the Structural Perspective
Organization of the Book
Appendix
Individualistic Theories of Poverty and Inequality
The Biogenetic Theory of Poverty and Inequality
Our Fate Is in Our Genes
Genes, IQ, and Intelligence
Is It Better to Be Born Smart or Born Rich?
Genes, IQ, and Poverty
Conclusion
The Cultural Theory of Poverty and Inequality
Poverty as Deviance
The Origins and Development of the Cultural Theory
The Culture of the Poor
The Sources of the Cultural Deviance of the Poor
The Cultural Solution to the Problem of Poverty
Is the Cultural Theory Plausible?
How Well Does the Cultural Theory Know the Poor?
Do the Poor Differ from the Nonpoor, and If So How and Why?
Conclusion
The Human Capital Theory of Poverty and Inequality
Education Is the Key to Success
Acquiring Human Capital
Converting Human Capital
What You Know or Who You Are?
What You Know or Who You Know?
What You Know or Where You Work?
Skills Deficit or Jobs Deficit?
Conclusion
A Structural Perspective on Poverty-Four Systems
The Economic System and Poverty
The Economics of Poverty
Poverty and Economic Growth
Skill-Biased Technological Change
A Shift in the Balance of Economic Power
Deindustrialization
Globalization
Corporate Restructuring
A Shortage of Jobs
Conclusion
The Political System and Poverty
The Politics of Poverty
We're Number One: The United States in Comparative Perspective
The Structure of the American Political System
The Political Mobilization of Business
The Political Marginalization of the Working Class and the Poor
The Synergy of Money and Power
Policy Consequences of the Power Shift: Robin Hood in Reverse
Conclusion
The Cultural System and Poverty
Hearts and Minds
The American Dream and the Ideology of Individualism
Beliefs about Poverty and the Poor
Strong Individualism, Weak Structuralism
The News Media
The Right-Wing Ideology Machine
The Rightward Turn in Poverty Discourse
Conclusion
The Social System and Poverty
We Are Not Alone
Group Memberships
Neighborhood Effects
Social Networks and Social Capital
Conclusion
A Structural Perspective on Poverty-Ten Obstacles
Structural Obstacles and the Persistence of Poverty (I)
Racial and Ethnic Discrimination
Residential Segregation
Housing
Education
Transportation
Structural Obstacles and the Persistence of Poverty (II)
Sex Discrimination
Child Care
Health and Health Care
Retirement Insecurity
Legal Deprivation
Conclusion
Conclusion
Poverty and Power
Programs and Power
Movements and Power
Selected Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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