When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor

When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor

by William Julius Wilson
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When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Jdew More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When Work Disappears: Book Review When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor (1996) is a book written by the author William Julius Wilson, who is Professor of Social Policy at Harvard. Wilson argues that the the sudden vanishing of work and the negative product of that disappearance for both social and cultural life is the central issues in the inner-city ghetto. He set out to discuss social disorganization without singling out the poor. Wilson writes that continuous joblessness has deprived those in the inner city of skills needed to find and keep jobs. Wilson's book uses evidence from large-scale scientific surveys in the ghetto and information pulled from ethnography styled interviews of ghetto residents in order to create a complete picture of the problems that face the residents.Wilson writes that people who live in the disorganized, job deprived ghettos face dim prospects. Poor public transportation often fails to provide access to job locations, stereotypes about poor blacks, especially black men also make jobs more difficult to obtain. Wilson pays no mind to the idea that inner-city residents have a "culture of poverty" or damaged personalities. He holds that directly assessing the problem of joblessness is the solution to urban inner-city issues. Wilson supports work programs modeled after those after the Depression. Wilson ties the disappearance of inner-city jobs to industrial restructuring, suburbanization, foreign competition, and racism. Overall I enjoyed reading this book, however, there was too much included that I felt I already knew. There were interviews on subjects I can personally relate to and that made it easier to read. I liked the seriousness and the direct message to the reader that this needs to stop. But, I felt that Wilson made it over complicated and he may have stretched the issues a bit too far. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to see what is actually going on in the world of the American urban poor communities.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wilson is not affraid to tell us what is wrong with our society, he also has a plan for fixing it. When Wilson speak Washington ought to listen.