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Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities 2nd Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
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ISBN-10: 0964743795
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About the Author

Author biography: Dr. Ruby Payne, speaker, author and CEO of aha! Process, a training/publishing company, speaks to tens of thousands of professionals each year about poverty and economic diversity. Payne is best known for her work on "hidden rules of economic class" and their affect on learning and success. Phil DeVol, consultant and trainer for communities and business, brings his considerable experience in substance abuse treatment and with Life Skills Training Provider Network and Ohio's first alternative school for recovering youth. Terie Dreussi Smith, an educator and adjunct faculty member of several colleges in Ohio, also provides training and consultation for agencies and schools.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Aha Process Inc; 2nd edition (October 10, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964743795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964743793
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Alice M. Cleary on September 26, 2004
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I was fortunate to attend a workshop one year ago which included this book and two of the three authors, DeVol and Dreussi-Smith. They highlighted the content of the book, to an audience of counselors, social workers, case managers, residential treatment staff for chemical dependency recovery, and prevention specialists. This book spotlights the culture of poverty, and the distinct differences in the way in which the poor, the middle class and the wealthy view the world from their unique vantage points. I was enlightened in learning to understand the frames of references of persons without savings, present time- orientation, and the differences in the way each class views, uses and perfects the resources of each cultural status.

The concept of "bridging" and mentoring is strongly presented, and many individual, organizational and systemic suggestions are made by the authors. This is an excellent resource for people who wish to or need to broaden their awareness of the "hidden rules" of each economic class, and how to provide more effective assistance to those persons wishing to improve their economic and educational status, without judgment. I highly recommend this book.
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Yes, there are some flaws, but this is an amazing, important work that should be read, then embraced by all of us who do the people's work. As a librarian and libraries are the most middle class of institutions, I see so clearly what we do (and don't do) to build bridges out of poverty. Essential reading.
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Great book if you truly wish to understand poverty and people of poverty. Middle Class people and upper class people simply do not understand how the poverty community operates and thinks. This is why many of our schools (who teach middle class values to poor kids) are not as successful as they could be. Ruby Pane does a great job of explaining the major differences in thinking and priorities. It is well worth the read, especially for people who think all poor people are just freeloaders.
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Once you think you know something.....think again. Very nicely compiled, I was prompted to find book after a visit to Salt Lake City. I had several chats with people in need on the street, wished I could do more to help. My life currently allows me to feed thousands a month and I want to better understand the clients and their hardships to put them in a positve direction. Still reading and re-reading, so far....incredible.
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I worked in the low income community for 7 years, and I ran into versions of Payne's ideas again and again. Want to soothe your ego and distance yourself from your low income neighbor? Read this and other of Payne's works to discover that poverty is a culture and an addiction which the impoverished have to be purified of in order to join us in the real world. Learn the secrets of the poor and study their ways, all without leaving the comfort of your privilege. While generational poverty in our society has some of the characteristics Payne describes, the work is useless outside of the narrow context of this segment of the urban poor and has disturbing implications that lend themselves to social engineers.
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Ruby Payne is known by educators and those in social sciences/services.
There are video clips on YouTube of Ruby Payne public speaking on the subject of hidden rules among different classes of people. Same info as in this book. The book is primarily to help educators and social workers communicate and help people from generational poverty. It also helps anyone understand that there are very definitely different Hidden Rules amongst differing groups of people. How to understand those rules for better communication , understanding and empathy for each other. This book is as valuable for a housewife who might wish to use it to enculturate her kids as it is for her friend who works at DHS dealing with people of differing mindsets. A salesman friend of mine read it to understand how to communicate more effectively with clients from generational poverty which his market niche primarily sells to. It helped. Another dear friend of mine is from deep generational poverty and made it out only by hard work and luck. She completely switches gears, acts and speaks differently when going back to visit family in poverty, it is amazing to witness. She said "they think differently" we discussed the book and enjoyed Ruby's description of the "Rules" amongst different groups of people.
The book discusses the differences between Poverty mindset, Middle Class mindset and Wealthy folks minset. And combos of the 3.
The information in the book is clarifying and validating. The book has a chapter with a checklist for you to fill out to see what category/categories you fall into.

Ruby identifies how children are spoken to by their parents VERY differently as they grow which shapes the way they think and interact with the world and others. Hidden rules are engrained in us.
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This book is being used by our SVdP conference to better understand the people with whom we work. The authors clarify the culture of poverty which is necessary before changes can be made. Highly recommended.
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