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"As a culture, the United States is not quite sure about the causes of poverty, and is therefore uncertain about the solutions," he writes. Though he details many ways in which current assistance programs could be more effective and rational, he does not believe that government alone, nor any other single variable, can solve the problem. Instead, a combination of things are required, beginning with the political will needed to create a relief system "that recognizes both the society's obligation through government and business, and the individual's obligation through labor and family." He does propose some specific steps in the right direction such as altering the current wage structure, creating more vocational programs (in both the public and private sectors), developing a fairer way to distribute school funding, and implementing basic national health care.
Prepare to have any preconceived notions about those living in poverty in America challenged by this affecting book. --Shawn Carkonen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Written in an ethnographic (pseudo-ethnographic) style that is easy to read, this book will appeal those who care about the poor in America. Hopefully to a few others as well.Published 2 months ago by planosue
This book is a revelation! David Shipler did an outstanding job. This is a used paperback, but the quality is very good with nice crisp pages. Thanks so much.Published 2 months ago by Joann Bady Gross
This book was "recommended reading" for my Teaching In A Diverse Society course at Palomar College. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gina Doles
Excellent balanced look at the working poor, not bias, addressing problems at both sides of the issuePublished 5 months ago by Myrna McCarthy
A lot has happened since author David Shipler finished this book on the working poor. The greatest change has taken place in the institution of Obamacare, which allegedly repairs... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michael M. Rosenblatt