Urban Injustice: How Ghettos Happenby David Hilfiker
For More Than twenty years, David Hilfiker has committed his life, both as a writer and a doctor, to people in need. Here he shares with us what he has learned about the history of the inner city and the social structures that keep people impoverished. Hilfiker offers clear thinking on topics too often mired in jargon. And he finds there are plenty of ways we as a society can do better. In Urban Injustice: How Ghettos Happen, Hilfiker presents a surprising history of the inner city, an analysis of the social forces that made it inevitable, and a description of poverty programs since the New Deal that were more successful than most realize at attaining the goals set out for them -- modest ones for the poor, more ambitious ones for the middle class and wealthy.
- Seven Stories Press
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- First Edition
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- 5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Meet the Author
Physician and writer DAVID HILFIKER, M.D. has committed his life to social justice in the practice of his two professions. In 1983, after seven years as a rural physician in north-eastern Minnesota, he moved to Washington, D.C., to practice medicine in the center of the city at Christ House, a medical recovery shelter for homeless men, where he and his family also lived. In 1990, he cofounded Joseph’s House, a community and hospice for formerly homeless men dying with AIDS. He lived there for three years, and continues to work there today.
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It is written by a doctor who has been working with innner city patients for over two decades. He understands their medical and psychosocial issues very well but he was puzzled by many things. Including, how is it that there is such sharp geographical clustering of poverty, how is this cycle perpetuated from one generation to the next, how does 'govt. assistance' work and how is it designed? He tried to find the answers by surveying the sociological, economic, and public policy literature. He describes his book as the type of resource he wished he had access to in medical school. The book itself is only about 130 pages (not including endnotes which were quite interesting). Anyway, I found it to be very interesting and it is totally readable in one sitting so busy people might like it. Because my understanding of what he was trying to explain is very unsophisitcated, I couldn't read the book with a critical eye (except one type where I'm quite sure he meant 'integration' instead of 'segregation' but that was just one word.) I do warn you that it isn't a cozy book (although it wasn't a screamin' shockin', bleedin' liberal tryst either, thank goodness). Just so you're prepared.