Poverty in America: An Annotated Bibliography

Overview

This bibliography is a comprehensive treatment of poverty in the United States. It summarizes the major economic, historical, literary, sociological, and other social science literature written over the past century on this topic. It also evaluates individual contributions and relates these writings to one another, thus providing a broad perspective on the different additions to our knowledge of poverty and poverty prevention. The major themes covered in this book are the measurement, causes, and consequences of ...

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Overview

This bibliography is a comprehensive treatment of poverty in the United States. It summarizes the major economic, historical, literary, sociological, and other social science literature written over the past century on this topic. It also evaluates individual contributions and relates these writings to one another, thus providing a broad perspective on the different additions to our knowledge of poverty and poverty prevention. The major themes covered in this book are the measurement, causes, and consequences of poverty, and potential policy solutions to the problem of poverty. Specific chapters address the history of poverty in the U.S., the development of poverty measures and their limitations, and the problems with the current U.S. welfare system as a means of reducing poverty. Individual chapters also address the impoverishment of specific groups of Americans—women, children, minorities, residents of urban ghettos, and those who live in rural areas of the United States.

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...a surprisingly readable text covering the whole history of publishing on the subject of poverty in America...recommended to any library with a sociologically-minded readership.
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Sizable paragraphs describe books and articles written over the past century in a wide range of disciplines that deal with the measurement, causes, and consequences of poverty in the US. The chapters slice different ways, some considering history and welfare measures, others examining specific groups, such as children, minorities, and residents of ghettos and rural areas. Indexed only by name. Co-published with Salem Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810828339
  • Publisher: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/1994
  • Series: Magill Bibliographies Series
  • Pages: 299
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Pressman (Ph.D., New School for Social Research) is Professor of Economics and Finance at Monmouth College in West Long Branch, NJ, specializing in macroeconomics, poverty, and the history of economic thought. He has published several books and more than two dozen articles in professional journals on these topics. He has also served as a member of the Editorial Board of The Review of Political Economy and as Associate Editor of the Eastern Economic Journal.

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