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"A convincing and clear historical perspective on the peculiar perceptions of poverty and welfare in the United States" --William Julius Wilson, University of Chicago


"The Undeserving Poor is likely to become the definitive history of contemporary poverty policy. Not only is Michael B. Katz a fine scholar, but he brings to his subject a deep empathy for the marginalized and the outcast." --Frances Fox Piven, City University of New York


"A broadly conceived and provocative review of America's recent efforts to help the poor and its return to punishing them." --Herbert J. Gans, Columbia University


"With the publication of The Undeserving Poor, Michael B. Katz is destined to join a select set of brilliant writers who have changed how America thinks about poverty. Like Michael Harrington's The Other America and William Ryan's Blaming the Victim, this new book has the real promise of shattering stereotypes." --Barry Bluestone, University of Massachusetts


"As students of poverty and inequality, we grew up with the classic first edition of The Undeserving Poor. Now, Michael Katz has undertaken a rigorous revision. But this new book is more than a second edition. It is an extraordinary analysis of shifts in academic research and political paradigms, as well as a global perspective on the question of poverty in America. Katz once again demonstrates that he is one of the most influential and creative social historians of our times." --Ananya Roy, University of California, Berkeley, and author of Poverty Capital


"Michael Katz has done a magnificent job of revising his classic text. It draws on a remarkable range of new material while retaining the clarity, historical perspective, and ethical sensibilities of the original. Everybody, from beginning student to seasoned expert, has something to learn from this important book."--Alice O'Connor, University of California, Santa Barbara


"With the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty just around the corner, the hawks and doves of that 'conflict' are sharpening their arguments. All of them should read this classic of American policy, research, and public attitudes on poverty. Michael Katz, the pre-eminent scholar of the subject, has fully updated this indispensable volume right up to the moment."--Peter Edelman, author of So Rich So Poor


"This is social history at its best. Katz excavates the political and ideological battles over what we should do to lift people out of poverty and into the middle class. Like a good drama, it is filled with fascinating people: politicians, writers, policy wonks, activists, academics, philanthropists, and journalists. Their personalities, interests, ideas, and conflicts have shaped how we view the poor and what we do about poverty. Katz makes it all come alive in this absorbing and well-written book." --Peter Dreier, Chair, Urban & Environmental Policy Department, Occidental College


"The original edition of The Undeserving Poor profoundly influenced two generations of poverty scholars and policy-makers. Full of fresh research and thoroughly re-written to incorporate the insights of feminist scholars, critical race theorists, economists, geographers, political philosophers and poverty historians, this new edition is as indispensable as the first. At a time when poverty rates are skyrocketing, Katz's insight and vast knowledge are more critical than ever." --Annelise Orleck, author of Storming Caesars Palace: How Black Mothers Fought Their Own War on Poverty


"Katz has written a provocative, insightful, and much-needed update to the first edition of his The Undeserving Poor (1990)... Katz convincingly argues that the itneraction among political economy, resources, and power offer clues to addressing these questions, and that ad hoc deliberation, rather than ineffective consistency that has dogged past efforts to combat poverty, must be the order of the day. Summing up: Highly recommended." --CHOICE


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Michael B. Katz was the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. The author of Why Don't American Cities Burn?, The Price of Citizenship: Redefining the American Welfare State, and In the Shadow of the Poorhouse: A Social History of Welfare in America, he was a past-president of the History of Education Society and the Urban History Association. The first edition of The Undeserving Poor was a semi-finalist for the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and a finalist for the American Sociological Association's Distinguished Book Award.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (October 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199933952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199933952
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.9 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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By Richard F. Kessler on May 16, 2015
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This book provides a comprehensive and authoritative review of the literature of the late 19th Century to the present day concerning the causes and solutions to the problems of of poverty and racism in America's racial ghettos. The scholarship is impressive. Many of the best and brightest among us have addressed the subject but poverty in a racial context stubbornly remains. The author points outthat improvemnts have taken place but in the past decade poverty in the U.S. has expanded. The author assumes without ever proving that the problem stems from poverty and not from racism. I believe that in America poverty has become hopelessly intertwined with race, Nevertheless, this book is a must read because of its authoritative survey of the voluminous literature written on this suibject.
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This books looks at the social, political, and economic factors that affect people and create poverty in the United States. As a result, the book explores how different policies are passed during different periods based on the cultural, economic, and political views on poverty prevalent at the time (Is poverty due to specific behaviors? Location? Lack of resources/opportunities?). This book is very informative, and it shows the reader how, even though approaches to combat poverty have failed, policies are (re)recycled over and over in an attempt to eliminate a social, political, and economic problem that greatly affects the United States: poverty.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By francyne on December 27, 2013
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Mr. Katz has written an excellent analysis of the poverty problem in our wealthy country. We are living in a time when the gap between the haves and the have nots is widening. The safety net has holes in it. I don't mind rating the books I buy from Amazon but dislike this 20 words business. Sometimes I just do not have the time for a long, thoughtful review.
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By Ramiro C. on June 23, 2015
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Love it!!!
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