The Long Shadow: Family Background, Disadvantaged Urban Youth, and the Transition to Adulthood

ISBN-10: 0871540339
ISBN-13: 9780871540331
Edition: 2014
List price: $35.00
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Description: West Baltimore stands out in the popular imagination as the quintessential "inner city"-gritty, run-down, and marred by drugs and gang violence. Indeed, with the collapse of manufacturing jobs in the 1970s, the area experienced a rapid onset of  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

West Baltimore stands out in the popular imagination as the quintessential "inner city"-gritty, run-down, and marred by drugs and gang violence. Indeed, with the collapse of manufacturing jobs in the 1970s, the area experienced a rapid onset of poverty and high unemployment, with few public resources available to alleviate economic distress. But in stark contrast to the image of a perpetual "urban underclass" depicted in television by shows like The Wire, sociologists Karl Alexander, Doris Entwisle, and Linda Olson present a more nuanced portrait of Baltimore's inner city residents that employs important new research on the significance of early-life opportunities available to low-income populations. Combining original interviews with Baltimore families, teachers, and other community members with the empirical data gathered from the authors' groundbreaking twenty-five-year study, The Long Shadow unravels the complex connections between socioeconomic origins and socioeconomic destinations to reveal a startling and much-needed examination of who succeeds and why. Book jacket.

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