Wealth and Poverty in America: A Reader / Edition 1

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Overview

What does it mean to be poor in America at the dawn of the 21st century? For that matter, what does it mean to be rich? And how are the two related to each other? These apparently simple questions present enormous theoretical and empirical challenges to any student or social scientist. Wealth and Poverty in America is a collection of over 20 important essays on the complex relationship between the rich and poor in the United States. The authors include classical and contemporary thinkers on a wide variety of topics such as economic systems, the lifestyles of the rich and poor, and public policy. An editorial introduction and suggestions for further reading make this a useful and valuable source of information and analysis on the realities of the American rich and American poor.

  • Collects 23 of the most important essays by classic and contemporary thinkers on wealth and poverty in America.
  • Covers economic systems, lifestyles of the rich and poor, and public policy.
  • Includes editorial introduction and a further reading list.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"All too many collections of social science writings are almost literally slapped together, devoid of purpose and focus. This useful volume, however, is a striking exception. It is a 'reader' with a clear focus that consists of 23 well-chosen selctions and a helpful appendix that lists additional readings." Tom Pettigrew, University of California Santa Cruz, Journal of Ethinic and Migration Studies, Vol 32 No 7

"This book is a wonderful resource for teaching. Dalton Conley has accumulated a set of important readings on both spectrums of the social stratification ladder."

Martin Sanchez-Janowski, University of California at Berkeley

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631231806
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/18/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.65 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dalton Conley is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director for the Center for Advanced Social Science Research at New York University. He is the author of Being Black, Living in the Red: Race, Wealth, and Social Policy in America (1999) and Honky (2000).

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Table of Contents

IAcknowledgments.

ntroduction: Wealth and Poverty in the Affluent Society.

Part I: On the Origins and Causes of Wealth and Poverty: Systemic Explanations:.

1. Of the Division of Labor: Adam Smith.

2. Absolute and Relative Surplus Value: Karl Marx.

3. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism: Max Weber.

4. Some Principles of Stratification: Kingsley Davis and Wilbert Moore.

5. Winner-Take-All Markets: Robert H. Frank and Philip J. Cook.

Part II: Who's Rich, Who's Poor: How Resources Affect Life Chances:.

6. Inequality: Christopher Jencks.

7. What Money Can't Buy: Family Income and Children's Life Chances: Susan Mayer.

8. Being Black, Living in the Red: Race, Wealth and Social Policy in America: Dalton Conley.

9. Black Picket Fences: Privilege and Peril among the Black Middle Class: Mary Patillo-McCoy.

10. Ain't No Making It: Aspirations and Attainment in a Low-Income Neighborhood: Jay MacLeod.

Part III: Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous:.

11. From Democracy in America Alexis de Tocqueville.

12. The Miser and the Spendthrift: Georg Simmel.

13. The Very Rich: C. Wright Mills.

14. Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How they Got There: David Brooks.

15. The Case of Pullman, Illinois: Michael Walzer.

Part IV: Lifestyles of the Poor and Anonymous:.

16. Swapping: Carol Stack.

17. The Code of the Streets: Elijah Anderson.

18. Sidewalk Sleeping and Crack Bingeing: Mitchell Duneier.

19. Whores, Slaves, and Stallions: Languages of Exploitation and Accommodation Among Prizefighters: Loic Wacquant.

Part V: What is to Be Done? Wealth, Poverty, and Public Policy:.

20. In the Shadow of the Poorhouse: A Social History of Welfare in America: Michael Katz.

21. The Hidden Agenda: William Julius Wilson.

22. The Stakeholder Society: Bruce Ackerman and Anne Alstott.

23. Black Economic Progress in the Era of Mass Imprisonment: Bruce Western, Becky Pettit, Josh Guetzkow.

Additional Readings.

Index.

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