Experiencing Poverty: Voices from the Bottom / Edition 2

Experiencing Poverty: Voices from the Bottom / Edition 2

by D. Stanley Eitzen, Kelly Eitzen Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0205547958

ISBN-13: 9780205547951

Pub. Date: 04/18/2008

Publisher: Pearson

This collection of readings provides the voice, the presence, and the perspective of the poor who live on the margins and are generally invisible to the middle and upper classes.

The goals of this reader are twofold:

(1) to bring the realities of the lives of the impoverished as close to the reader as possible

(2) to get the reader to listen

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Overview

This collection of readings provides the voice, the presence, and the perspective of the poor who live on the margins and are generally invisible to the middle and upper classes.

The goals of this reader are twofold:

(1) to bring the realities of the lives of the impoverished as close to the reader as possible

(2) to get the reader to listen carefully to these voices of the poor in order to enhance their understanding of:

  • How the poor became poor.
  • How the poor are treated by individuals and organizations in the community.
  • What keeps the poor poor.
  • How the poor manage day-to-day.
  • What theory of causation best explains poverty.
  • The consequences of the welfare-to-work federal legislation.
  • The best solutions for ending poverty.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205547951
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
04/18/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
259,245
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Preface

Part I: POVERTY IN THE UNITED STATES

Poverty in the United States and the Sociological Imagination

The Extent and Distribution of Poverty in the United States

The Sociological Imagination

Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading

Part II: THEORIES OF POVERTY: WHY ARE THE POOR POOR?

Chapter 1: Theories of Poverty: Who or What Is to Blame for Poverty?

Jackie Spinks: Poverty or At Home in a Car

Steven VanderStaay: The Armstrongs: An Oral History of a Homeless American Family

Nikkie Thompson: Feeling Trapped

Robert D. Bullard: No 40 Acres and a Mule: An Interview with a Displaced Black Farmer

Brian K. Fair: Notes of a Racial Caste Baby

P art III: POVERTY AND VULNERABILITY

Chapter 2: One Step Away

Ron Kovic: A Veteran Speaks of the Forgotten Wounded of Iraq

Janis Johnston: On the Margins: The Lack of Resources and the Lack of Health Care

Emma Dixon: Personal Voices: An Unnatural Disaster

Sharon Hays: The Domino Effect

Part IV: LIVING ON THE ECONOMIC MARGINS

Chapter 3: Survival and Finances

Susan Sheehan: Ain’t No Middle Class

David K. Shipler: The Working Poor

Chapter 4: Discrimination/Racism/Stigma

Robin Rogers-Dillon: The Dynamics of Welfare Stigma

Allan Bérubé with Florence Bérubé: Sunset Trailer Park

Toby F. Sonneman: Migrants and the Community

Charlie LeDuf: At a Slaughterhous

Chapter 5: Parenting in Poverty

Tamicia Rush: The Empty Christmas

Steven VanderStaay: Karla

Greg Halpern: Vinela Tejada: Custodian, Vanderbilt Hall, Harvard Medical School

Part V: THE IMPACT OF SOCIETAL INSTITUTIONS ON INDIVIDUAL LIVES
Chapter 6: Housing/Homeless Shelters/Neighborhoods

Bobby Burns: Shelter

Susan J. Popkin, Victoria E. Gwiasda, Lynn M. Olson, Dennis P. Rosenbaum, and Larry Buron: The Residents of Rockwell Gardens

Chapter 7: The Welfare System

Jason DeParle: Money: Milwaukee, Summer 1999

Alejandra Marchevsky and Jeanne Theoharis: Trapped in the Double-Bind of Welfare

Chapter 8: Schools and Schooling

Delphia Boykin: Seventh Grade Disaster

Luis Rodriguez: Always Running

Chapter 9: Work and Working

Toby F. Sonneman: Looking for Work, Waiting for Work

An Interview with Linda Lord: Chicken Run

Lisa Liu: The Story of a Garment Worke

Greg Halpern: Frank Morley: Custodian, Littauer Center for Public Administration

Part VI: INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE AGENCY AND EMPOWERMENT

Chapter 10: Changes from the Bottom Up

Hazel Johnson: Surviving Chicago’s Toxic Doughnut

Dottie Stevens: Welfare Rights Organizing Saved My Life

David Bacon: Josefina Flores: A Veteran of the War in the Fields

David Swanson: How Predatory Lending Victims Fought Back and Won

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