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Poverty In America

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A Framework for Understanding Poverty
by Ruby K Payne Details
Payne discusses at length the social cues or "hidden rules" that govern how we think and interact in society - and the significance of those rules in a classroom. Framework also illuminates differences between generational poverty and situational poverty.
A People's History of Poverty in America
by Stephen Pimpare Details
Through prodigious archival research and lucid analysis, Pimpare details the ways in which charity and aid for the poor have been inseparable from the scorn and disapproval of those who could help them.
Broke, USA: From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc.: How the Working Poor Became Big Business
by Gary Rivlin Details
An exploration of one of America's largest and fastest-growing industries -- the business of poverty.
Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America
by Jonathan Kozol Details
In this powerful and culminating work about a group of inner-city children he has known for many years, Jonathan Kozol returns to the scene of his prize-winning books Rachel and Her Children and Amazing Grace , and to the children he has vividly portrayed, to share with us their fascinating journeys and unexpected victories as they grow into adulthood.
Growing Up Empty: The Hunger Epidemic in America
by Loretta Schwartz-Nobel Details
A study of a hidden epidemic that still remains largely unacknowledged at the highest political levels.
Homeless Mothers: Face to Face with Women and Poverty
by Deborah R. Connolly Details
Describes the lives of mothers on the margins and asks where they fit in the model set up by our society.
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America
by Barbara Ehrenreich Details
This is the story of Barbara Ehrenreich's attempts to eke out a living while working as a waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner, nursing-home aide, and Wal-Mart associate. Funny, poignant, and passionate, this revelatory firsthand account of life in low-wage America has become an essential part of the nation's political discourse.
The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives
by Sasha Abramsky Details
In many ways, for the majority of Americans, financial insecurity has become the new norm. The American Way of Poverty shines a light on this travesty. Sasha Abramsky brings the effects of economic inequality out of the shadows and, ultimately, suggests ways for moving toward a fairer and more equitable social contract.
The Missing Class: Portraits of the Near Poor in America
by Katherine S Newman Details
The Missing Class is an urgent and timely exploration that describes-through the experiences of nine families-the unique problems faced by this growing class of people who are neither working poor nor middle class.
The Moral Underground: How Ordinary Americans Subvert an Unfair Economy
by Lisa Dodson Details
In a highly accessible mix of narrative and interviews with social science research, Dodson unearths the untold story of a silent movement for justice in contemporary America.
The Road Out: A Teacher's Odyssey in Poor America
by Deborah Hicks Details
An account of a teacher's quest to give a first-rate education to a group of seven impoverished Cincinnati girls using the powers of sisterhood and fiction.
The Undeserving Poor: America's Enduring Confrontation with Poverty
by Michael B Katz Details
Poverty has been written about as a problem of place, of resources, of political economy, of power, and ofmarket failure. Katz looks at each idea in turn, showing how they suggest more effective approaches to our struggle against poverty.
Updated 03/24/2014
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