Experiencing Poverty: Voices from the Bottom / Edition 1

Experiencing Poverty: Voices from the Bottom / Edition 1

by D. Stanley Eitzen, Kelly Eitzen Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0534529585

ISBN-13: 9780534529581

Pub. Date: 07/24/2002

Publisher: Cengage Learning

Experiencing Poverty, Second Edition, reveals the realities of the lives of the impoverished. D. Stanley Eitzen and Kelly Eitzen Smith have brought together a timely collection of readings that examine those who have lived in poverty, those who continue to live in poverty, and successful efforts by the poor to change social arrangements that impact them negatively.

Overview

Experiencing Poverty, Second Edition, reveals the realities of the lives of the impoverished. D. Stanley Eitzen and Kelly Eitzen Smith have brought together a timely collection of readings that examine those who have lived in poverty, those who continue to live in poverty, and successful efforts by the poor to change social arrangements that impact them negatively.

Topics covered include: How people become poor, Why the poor stay poor, How the poor cope with acquiring the daily necessities of food, shelter, water, clothing, and medical care, How the poor are treated by individuals and organizations in the community, What consequences arise from the welfare-to-work federal legislation, How human agency can create changes from the bottom up. A new section in this edition, "Poverty and Vulnerability," focuses on how people living in poverty are extremely vulnerable in such situations as war, natural disasters, job loss, family disruption, and health problems.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780534529581
Publisher:
Cengage Learning
Publication date:
07/24/2002
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     viii
Poverty in the United States and the Sociological Imagination     1
The Extent and Distribution of Poverty in the United States     3
The Sociological Imagination     8
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading     9
Theories of Poverty: Why Are the Poor Poor?     11
Theories of Poverty: Who or What Is to Blame for Poverty?     13
Individual Theories/Cultural Explanations     13
Structural Explanations     15
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading     17
Poverty or At Home in a Car   Jackie Spinks     18
The Armstrongs: An Oral History of a Homeless American Family   Steven VanderStaay     24
Feeling Trapped   Nikkie Thompson     28
No 40 Acres and a Mule: An Interview with a Displaced Black Farmer   Robert D. Bullard     30
Notes of a Racial Caste Baby   Brian K. Fair     35
Reflection Questions for Part II     40
Poverty and Vulnerability     41
One Step Away     43
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading     44
A Veteran Speaks of the Forgotten Wounded of Iraq   Ron Kovic     46
On the Margins: The Lack of Resources and theLack of Health Care   Janis Johnston     51
Personal Voices: An Unnatural Disaster   Emma Dixon     57
The Domino Effect   Sharon Hays     59
Reflection Questions for Part III     62
Living on the Economic Margins     63
Survival and Finances     65
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading     66
Ain't No Middle Class   Susan Sheehan     68
The Working Poor   David K. Shipler     84
Discrimination/Racism/Stigma     88
The Stigmatizing of the Impoverished     89
The Consequences of Stigmatizing the Impoverished     89
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading     90
The Dynamics of Welfare Stigma   Robin Rogers-Dillon     91
Sunset Trailer Park   Allan Berube   Florence Berube     99
Migrants and the Community   Toby F. Sonneman     106
At a Slaughterhouse   Charlie LeDuff     109
Parenting in Poverty     121
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading     121
The Empty Christmas   Tamicia Rush     123
Karla   Steven VanderStaay     125
Vinela Tejada: Custodian, Vanderbilt Hall, Harvard Medical School   Greg Halpern     127
Reflection Questions for Part IV     130
The Impact of Societal Institutions on Individual Lives     131
Housing/Homeless Shelters/Neighborhoods     133
Living in Poor Neighborhoods     134
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading     135
Shelter   Bobby Burns     137
The Residents of Rockwell Gardens   Susan J. Popkin   Victoria E. Gwiasda   Lynn M. Olson   Dennis P. Rosenbaum   Larry Buron     140
The Welfare System     144
The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996     144
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading     145
Welfare As They Know It$dPlaintiffs in Capers v. Guiliani     147
Money: Milwaukee, Summer 1999   Jason DeParle     151
Trapped in the Double-Bind of Welfare   Alejandra Marchevsky   Jeanne Theoharis     153
Schools and Schooling     162
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading     162
Seventh Grade Disaster   Delphia Boykin     164
Always Running   Luis Rodriguez     166
Work and Working     172
Wages     172
Alienation     172
Risk     173
Sweatshops     173
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading     173
Looking for Work, Waiting for Work   Toby F. Sonneman     175
Chicken Run$dAn Interview with Linda Lord     181
The Story of a Garment Worker   Lisa Liu     186
Frank Morley: Custodian, Littauer Center for Public Administration   Greg Halpern     189
Reflection Questions for Part V     192
Individual and Collective Agency and Empowerment     193
Changes from the Bottom Up     195
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading     196
Surviving Chicago's Toxic Doughnut   Hazel Johnson     197
Welfare Rights Organizing Saved My Life   Dottie Stevens     200
Josefina Flores: A Veteran of the War in the Fields   David Bacon     204
How Predatory Lending Victims Fought Back and Won   David Swanson     207
Reflection Questions for Part VI     211
Afterword     213
The Forgotten Children of Affluent America   David E. Bumbaugh     213
Reflection Questions for the Book      218
Glossary     219
Web Sites     221
Index     224

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