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Lone Pursuit: Distrust and Defensive Individualism Among the Black Poor

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ISBN-13: 978-0871547743
ISBN-10: 0871547740
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SANDRA SUSAN SMITH is assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation (February 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871547740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871547743
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,558,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ObamaFan79 on December 5, 2012
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I was disappointed in this book. Sandra Susan Smith understandably sympathizes with the unemployed, but her refusal to hold them accountable when necessary is disturbing. For instance, Smith talks about one unemployed woman who complains about having to pay for gas for her job search, despite having the option to have the gas paid for if she simply recorded her mileage. I expected Smith to take a harsh view of such entitlement, but instead, Smith defends the woman's position, even citing it as an example of how the system fails job seekers. Most people - whether unemployed or not - would be thrilled to have their gas paid for just for recording their mileage, yet Smith apparently thinks this is too much to ask, which makes her book hard to swallow.
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