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Lone Pursuit: Distrust and Defensive Individualism Among the Black Poor Paperback – February 18, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0871547743 ISBN-10: 0871547740

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  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation Publications (February 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871547740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871547743
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,042,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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SANDRA SUSAN SMITH is assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ObamaFan79 on December 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery Mingo on September 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
In many a Black circle, they talk about "each one, teach one" or "lift as you climb." Folk don't really mention "Karma" in these statements, but the point is that one should try to help others as one tries to better oneself. Unfortunately, this book analyzes how the more disadvantaged the Black, the more likely they are to tell other Blacks, "Don't be askin' me fo' no job recommendation!" That phrase "Hook a brotha up" goes down the drain for some reason. So this is an interesting, sociological study. If you like William Julius Williams' work, then you should like this. However, if you like it when the oppressed work collectively and fight da power, then you will be saddened by this. This book documents a tragedy in which the person the most likely to be unemployed will receive the least amount of assistance from their own.
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