About Canada: Poverty

About Canada: Poverty

by Jim Silver

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About Canada: Poverty by Jim Silver

For a country as wealthy as Canada, poverty is utterly unnecessary. In About Canada: Poverty, Jim Silver illustrates that poverty is about more than a shortage of money: it is complex and multifaceted and can profoundly damage the human spirit. At the centre of this analysis are Canada’s neoliberal economic policies, which have created conditions that make a growing number of people vulnerable to low income, vanishing public services and poor physical health. Silver also highlights the ways in which poverty is intimately connected to colonialism and racial and gender discrimination, and finds that the political and economic policies enacted by the Canadian government serve only a powerful minority, while producing a range of negative outcomes for the rest of us, especially the poor. Silver points out that the costs of poverty — relating to health care, crime, education and unemployment — are higher than the costs of solving poverty, and he lays out an achievable strategy for its dramatic reduction in Canada. When poverty is understood as resulting from political choices, its elimination requires putting pressure on governments to ensure that different choices are made.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781552666814
Publisher: Fernwood Publishing
Publication date: 09/15/2014
Series: About Canada
Pages: 164
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.25(d)

About the Author

Jim Silver is a professor and chair of the Department of Urban and Inner-City Studies at the University of Winnipeg. His research interests are in inner-city, poverty-related, and community development issues. His most recent book is
Moving Forward, Giving Back: Transformative Aboriginal Adult Education

(Fernwood 2013). Jim is a member of the Manitoba Research Alliance and the leader of the Housing and Neighbourhood Revitalization stream of its SSHRC Partnership project, “Partnering for Change: Community-Based Solutions for Aboriginal and Inner-City Poverty.”

Table of Contents

  • : Forms of Poverty
  • : Poverty by the Numbers
  • : Neoliberalism and its Effects
  • : Complex Poverty
  • : The Costs of Poverty
  • : Solutions that Work

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