Wealth and Poverty in America A Reader
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Description: The ideologies of equal opportunity and individual responsibility that dominate American culture tend to obscure the casual connections between poverty and wealth. Uncovering these connections is one of the purposes of this book. Wealth and Poverty in America is an accessible collection of over 20 important essays on the complex relationship between the rich and poor in the United States. It first presents classic and contemporary selections that form theories of where wealth comes from and why wealth tends to concentrate in the hands of the few. This set of readings deals with wealth at a more systematic, rather than individual, level. Next, the book deals with the question of why certain individuals based on position in the economy, or accident of birth can expect to have greater or lesser chances of being rich (or poor), and how inequality gets reproduced. It goes on to offer a series of the most important classic and contemporary readings that focus on the life of the upper class and the daily experience of being poor in America. The final section opens up the question of what is possible in terms of the distribution of material rewards in America. An editorial introduction and suggestions for further reading make this a valuable source of information and analysis on the realities of wealth and poverty in America.
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Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/8/2002
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
|Introduction: Wealth and Poverty in the Affluent Society|
|On the Origins and Causes of Wealth and Poverty: Systemic Explanations|
|Of the Division of Labor|
|Absolute and Relative Surplus Value|
|The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism|
|Some Principles of Stratification|
|Who's Rich, Who's Poor: How Resources Affect Life Chances|
|What Money Can't Buy: Family Income and Children's Life Chances|
|Being Black, Living in the Red: Race, Wealth and Social Policy in America|
|Black Picket Fences: Privilege and Peril among the Black Middle Class|
|Ain't No Making It: Aspirations and Attainment in a Low-Income Neighborhood|
|Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous|
|From Democracy in America Alexis de Tocqueville|
|The Miser and the Spendthrift|
|The Very Rich|
|Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How they Got There|
|The Case of Pullman, Illinois|
|Lifestyles of the Poor and Anonymous|
|The Code of the Streets|
|Sidewalk Sleeping and Crack Bingeing|
|Whores, Slaves, and Stallions: Languages of Exploitation and Accommodation Among Prizefighters|
|What is to Be Done? Wealth, Poverty, and Public Policy|
|In the Shadow of the Poorhouse: A Social History of Welfare in America|
|The Hidden Agenda|
|The Stakeholder Society|
|Black Economic Progress in the Era of Mass Imprisonment|