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Wealth and Poverty in America A Reader

ISBN-10: 0631231803

ISBN-13: 9780631231806

Edition: 2002

Authors: Dalton Conley

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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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Book details

List price: $67.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/8/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Acknowledgments
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
Winner-Take-All Markets
Who's Rich, Who's Poor: How Resources Affect Life Chances
Inequality
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
Swapping
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
Additional Readings
Index