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"A passionately argued, provocative book that takes us back to the long neglected emphasis on the cities that was so distinctive a part of the original War On Poverty. But now, at issue is the city of the 21st century."
Eugene Smolensky

"This is a major work that will influence debate on the issue of American urban poverty into the next century. The authors argue that the recent upsurge in urban poverty has been generated by a particular set of American political responses to changes in the international and national economies, exacerbated by a long process of federally subsidized suburbanization and by racial discrimination. The difference [from Wilson's the Truly Disadvantaged] is that Goldsmith and Blakely's policy recommendations are more comprehensive and have a greater focus on strategies 'from the bottom up.'"
Joe T. Darden, Dean of Urban Affairs Programs, Michigan State University

"Goldsmith and Blakely present a vivid, factually accurate account of the post-1970s rise in inequality, underemployment, poverty, and collapsing societal infrastructures. Having outlined the dimensions of national disaster, they do not give up hope. Rather, they advocate the improved industrial policy, expanded opportunity for education, and increased family support.... Their provocative optimism, although guarded, is a refreshing challenge, much needed in this period of pessimism and cynicism."
Robin M. Williams, Jr., Henry Scarborough Professor of Social Science, Emeritus, Cornell University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877229339
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1992
  • Series: Conflicts In Urban & Regional Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.55 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

William W. Goldsmith is Professor of City and Regional Planning and Director of the Program on International Studies in Planning at Cornell University.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Ch. 1 Separate Status: Top-Down Economics and Bottom-Up Politics 1
Theories of Poverty 4
Local Institutions 10
Ch. 2 Separate Assets: Race, Gender, and Other Dimensions of Poverty 15
The Distribution of Income and Wealth 19
Indexes of Poverty 29
Low Wages and Underemployment 35
The Geographic Concentration of Poverty 46
The Persistence of Today's Poverty 52
Ch. 3 Separate Opportunities: The International Dimensions of American Poverty 56
Restructuring for Whom? 60
Beating Labor to Pay for Bad Management: New Patterns of Work 69
Industrial Relocation in the International Economy 75
Trade Flows, Market Saturation, and Corporate Profits 81
Internationalization of Finance and Regulation: Instability, Speculation, and Debt 86
A Comment on Public Policy 94
Ch. 4 Separate Places: The Changing Shape of the American Metropolis 96
Changing Regional Economies and City Systems 97
The Suburbanization of Manufacturing and Service Jobs 108
The Changing Location of Residences 116
Poverty and Place 125
Ch. 5 Rebuilding the American City 138
Federal Aid, Municipal Expectations, and Antipoverty Programs 141
The Debate on National Policy 156
Sources of Political Support 172
Rebuilding the American City 179
Notes 193
Bibliography 215
Index 235
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