Moving to Opportunity: The Story of an American Experiment to Fight Ghetto Poverty

Moving to Opportunity: The Story of an American Experiment to Fight Ghetto Poverty

by Xavier de Souza Briggs, Susan J. Popkin, John Goering
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195393716

ISBN-13: 9780195393712

Pub. Date: 03/31/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Moving to Opportunity tackles one of America's most enduring dilemmas: the great, unresolved question of how to overcome persistent ghetto poverty. Launched in 1994, the MTO program took a largely untested approach: helping families move from high-poverty, inner-city public housing to low-poverty neighborhoods, some in the suburbs. The book's…  See more details below

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Moving to Opportunity tackles one of America's most enduring dilemmas: the great, unresolved question of how to overcome persistent ghetto poverty. Launched in 1994, the MTO program took a largely untested approach: helping families move from high-poverty, inner-city public housing to low-poverty neighborhoods, some in the suburbs. The book's innovative methodology emphasizes the voices and choices of the program's participants but also rigorously analyzes the changing structures of regional opportunity and constraint that shaped the fortunes of those who "signed up." It shines a light on the hopes, surprises, achievements, and limitations of a major social experiment. As the authors make clear, for all its ambition, MTO is a uniquely American experiment, and this book brings home its powerful lessons for policymakers and advocates, scholars, students, journalists, and all who share a deep concern for opportunity and inequality in our country.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195393712
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2010
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1. Places and Lives
2. Ghetto Poverty Before and After Katrina
3. Great Expectations and Muddling Through: Designing and Launching the Experiment
4. The Unequal Geography of Opportunity
5. Moving to Security
6. When Your Neighborhood is Not Your Community
7. Struggling to Stay out of High Poverty Neighborhoods: Finding Good Housing
8. Finding Good Schools
9. Finding Work
10. Lessons Appendix: Studying Moving to Opportunity Works Cited

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