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Overview

The most interdisciplinary, integrated text on poverty, The Web of Poverty: Psychosocial Perspectives gives you a full understanding of poverty and its consequences, equipping you to affect social change. This unique book examines the social and personal causes of poverty, focusing on the consequences of poverty at the neighborhood and school levels and on families, children, and youth. Ethnic and racial minorities are considered throughout the text, and a chapter is devoted to the interface of poverty, segregation, and discrimination.

The Web of Poverty helps you clearly see the effects of poverty by considering the cultural and social contexts of victims’lives. In doing so, it fills a gap in the literature caused by books that overlook personal issues and data related to individual experiences. Chapters address contentious and sensitive issues within a critical psychosocial perspective that informs concepts such as the subculture of poverty, social pathologies, and the “overclass.” Many of the topics and perspectives you'll explore in its pages are rarely considered together in one volume. Specifically, you'll read about:

  • the plight of impoverished mothers and their children
  • a comparison of the poverty of disadvantaged African Americans and poor white Americans
  • health disadvantages of the poor
  • the effects of poverty on school systems and the quality of education students receive
  • the factors of age, race, and ethnicity that can lead to poverty
  • a refutation of the notion of genetic inferiority of the poor

    Poverty is often the cause of other social ills such as delinquency, which can destroy the social fabric of neighborhoods and limit opportunities to escape impoverished situations. The Web of Poverty will help you accurately see poverty as part of this “big picture.” It contains material from the fields of sociology, developmental psychology, family studies, economics, delinquency, ethnic studies, health, and behavior genetics. This amalgamation gives you a thorough psychosocial perspective.

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Ambert (sociology, York U., Toronto) discusses poverty in the US and Canada in terms of its societal, systemic, and personal origins; effects on neighborhoods, schools, families, women, children, the elderly, and minority groups; role in creating delinquency; subculture; and influence on the individual's health, development, and genetic endowments. Paper edition (unseen), $24.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789002327
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Poverty in the United States and Canada 7
Ch. 2 Systemic Causes of Poverty 23
Ch. 3 Personal Causes of Poverty 41
Ch. 4 Urban Neighborhoods in Poverty 57
Ch. 5 Schools and Education in Poor Districts 75
Ch. 6 Disadvantaged Families 91
Ch. 7 Women, Children, and the Elderly 109
Ch. 8 Visible Minorities, Discrimination, and Segregation 127
Ch. 9 Health and Illness Differentials 143
Ch. 10 Poverty and Delinquency 159
Ch. 11 Poverty Undermines Genetic Potential 175
Ch. 12 Conclusions, Implications, and Critiques 191
Glossary 207
Reference Notes 213
Bibliography 227
Author Index 281
Subject Index 293
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