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"Wilson is the keenest liberal analyst of the most perplexing of all American problems...[This book is] more ambitious and more accessible than anything he has done before."
--The New Yorker
|Pt. I||The New Urban Poverty|
|Ch. 1||From Institutional to Jobless Ghettos||3|
|Ch. 2||Societal Changes and Vulnerable Neighborhoods||25|
|Ch. 3||Ghetto-Related Behavior and the Structure of Opportunity||51|
|Ch. 4||The Fading Inner-City Family||87|
|Ch. 5||The Meaning and Significance of Race: Employers and Inner-City Workers||111|
|Pt. II||The Social Policy Challenge|
|Ch. 6||The American Belief System Concerning Poverty and Welfare||149|
|Ch. 7||Racial Antagonisms and Race-Based Social Policy||183|
|Ch. 8||A Broader Vision: Social Policy Options in Cross-National Perspective||207|
|App. A||Perspectives on Poverty Concentration||241|
|App. B||Methodological Note on the Research at the Center for the Study of Urban Inequality||243|
|App. C||Tables on Urban Poverty and Family Life Study Research||249|
Posted March 21, 2010
I'm taking a Sociology course and this book was extremely helpful on what my group needed to research. Our final project hypothesis is that unemployment causes neighborhood destabilization. If you have a similar project that you're going to be working on for school I would highly recommend this book. It's also great for any discussion on unemployment and the kind of individualistic society we live in. It focuses a lot on the evils of blaming people instead of a broken system and putting to bed the myth of "pulling yourself up by the bootstraps." The last chapter had some really great insights and ideas about how to handle unemployment and what we can do to help the working class poor. Great read! Highly recommended for anyone doing any kind of research on unemployment.
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Posted February 10, 2003