One Nation, Underprivileged: Why American Poverty Affects Us All / Edition 1

One Nation, Underprivileged: Why American Poverty Affects Us All / Edition 1

by Mark Robert Rank
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195189728

ISBN-13: 9780195189728

Pub. Date: 07/29/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Despite its enormous wealth, the United States leads the industrialized world in poverty. One Nation, Underprivileged unravels this disturbing paradox by offering a unique and radically different understanding of American poverty. It debunks many of our most common myths about the poor while at the same time providing a powerful new framework for addressing this

Overview

Despite its enormous wealth, the United States leads the industrialized world in poverty. One Nation, Underprivileged unravels this disturbing paradox by offering a unique and radically different understanding of American poverty. It debunks many of our most common myths about the poor while at the same time providing a powerful new framework for addressing this enormous social and economic problem. Mark Robert Rank vividly shows that the fundamental causes of poverty are to be found in our economic structure and political policy failures, rather than individual shortcomings or attitudes. He establishes for the first time that a significant percentage of Americans will experience poverty during their adult lifetimes and firmly demonstrates that poverty is an issue of vital national concern. Ultimately, Rank provides us with a new paradigm for understanding poverty and outlines an innovative set of strategies that will reduce American poverty. One Nation, Underprivileged represents a profound starting point for rekindling a national focus on America's most vexing social and economic problem.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195189728
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/29/2005
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
669,887
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Part IThe Nature of American Poverty
Chapter 1Disturbing Contrasts3
Chapter 2Below the Line17
Chapter 3Poverty as a Structural Failing49
Part IIA Cause for Concern
Chapter 4In Our Self-Interest85
Chapter 5True to Values123
Chapter 6Essence of Citizenship145
Part IIICreating Fundamental Change
Chapter 7A New Paradigm169
Chapter 8Future Directions193
Chapter 9From the Ground Up243
Appendix ASources of Data255
Appendix BAdditional Life Table Analyses267
Notes281
Bibliography301
Index347

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