America's Shame: Women and Children in Shelter and the Degradation of Family Roles

America's Shame: Women and Children in Shelter and the Degradation of Family Roles

by Barbara A. Arrighi
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275957322

ISBN-13: 9780275957322

Pub. Date: 07/30/1997

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Rejecting those who urge a bootstrap approach to people living in extreme poverty on the edge of society, sociologist Barbara Arrighi makes an eloquent, compassionate plea for empathy and collective responsibility toward those for whom either the boots or the straps are missing. This book further offers solutions in consciousness raising, community collaboration,

Overview

Rejecting those who urge a bootstrap approach to people living in extreme poverty on the edge of society, sociologist Barbara Arrighi makes an eloquent, compassionate plea for empathy and collective responsibility toward those for whom either the boots or the straps are missing. This book further offers solutions in consciousness raising, community collaboration, and informed, responsible public policy. The book is a critique of a system that purports to serve yet sometimes impedes the welfare of those who are in need of the basic elements for survival, including affordable shelter. It analyzes the structural factors of poverty and the social psychological costs of being poor and lacking a home. Utilizing interview findings from families who have lived in a shelter in northern Kentucky and from staff members, the book examines the degrading effects of shelter life on women's self-respect and children's development. Rather than an examination of individual pathologies leading to lack of shelter, it centers on women and children living in shelters and offers a sociological study of poverty and the family.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275957322
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/30/1997
Pages:
158
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1440L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface

Descent to Shelter: Systemic Factors Leading to Shelter

How a Diverse Population Grew While Housing Decreased

Family Values and Other Myths and Realities about Families

The Social Psychological Experience of Poverty and Shelter Life

Shelter Life and Women's Self-Concept

Shelter Life and Its Effects of Children's Development

Solutions: Some Old, Some New

A Solution for Shrinking Funds: Mandated Community Collaboration

Consciousness Raising: An Old Solution with a New Twist

Recommendations

Epilogue: Connecting Private Troubles with Public Issues: A Little Sociological Imagination Would Help

Bibliography

Index

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