Poverty And Power

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Poverty and Power suggests that today's poverty results from deep-rooted disparities in income, wealth, and power. The rate and severity of poverty remain high, because millions of Americans are trapped in low-wage jobs, inadequately served by government policy, excluded from mainstream policy debates, and victimized by discrimination and social exclusion.
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Editorial Reviews

Rick Eckstein
Poverty and Power is the single most comprehensive exploration of structural inequality I have ever read. Brilliantly conceived, clearly written, and exhaustively documented, Ed Royce has produced a book that systematically excoriates our prevailing belief that poverty and inequality result from individuals' bad decisions or bad personal attributes. Poverty and Power will quickly become the "go to book" in undergraduate classes, graduate seminars, and (hopefully) policy debates.
October 2009 CHOICE
This book is remarkably well written. . . . Recommended.
Ellen Reese Reese
Edward Royce’s Poverty and Power provides a comprehensive look at the reasons why poverty persists in the United States and why it is so often taken for granted by many Americans. Royce's compelling argument identifies the cause of poverty as rooted in inequalities in power and politics and shows the inadequacies of individualistic, cultural, and human capital theories of poverty.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742564442
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 340
  • Sales rank: 703,130
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Royce is associate professor of sociology at Rollins College.

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Table of Contents

1 Poverty as a Social Problem 1

Pt. 1 Individualistic Theories of Poverty and Inequality 27

2 The Biogenetic Theory of Poverty and Inequality 29

3 The Cultural Theory of Poverty and Inequality 47

4 The Human Capital Theory of Poverty and Inequality 71

Pt. 2 A Structural Perspective on Poverty - Four Systems 89

5 The Economic System and Poverty 91

6 The Political System and Poverty 123

7 The Cultural System and Poverty 157

8 The Social System and Poverty 187

Pt. 3 A Structural Perspective on Poverty - Ten Obstacles 215

9 Structural Obstacles and the Persistence of Poverty (I) 217

10 Structural Obstacles and the Persistence of Poverty (II) 249

11 Conclusion 283

Selected Bibliography 295

Index 317

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