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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.
Well researched, thought-out, written and very even-handed.
He pointed out the complexity and inter-relationships of the myriad of problems that cause and keep people in... Read more
Great book. I wish the author would update it. I looked for a book like it that is more current and nothing was as good as this book. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Kathy Miller, Ph.D.
This book opens your eyes to the class situation in this country. Very well written, with real-life vignettes.Published 2 months ago by Irina Muchnik
I was mesmerized by the book. The working poor have no sick days, no benefits and probably have an incredibly unreliable car. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Virginia Al-Rikabi
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 4 months ago by planosue