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An unofficial adviser to President Bill Clinton, Wilson has become a celebrity of sorts. A former University of Chicago professor, Wilson--currently on staff at Harvard--has been profiled in The New Yorker and dubbed one of America's most influential people by Time magazine. A respected thinker on issues of race and poverty, the author of The Declining Significance of Race and The Truly Disadvantaged offers his take on welfare and inner-city joblessness in When Work Disappears. Racism, Wilson argues, plays increasingly less of a role in urban problems. More significant, he claims, are changes in the global economy and the disappearance of unskilled but decent-paying jobs near cities; according to Wilson, these factors have deprived the urban working class of steady jobs, destroyed inner-city businesses, and caused younger, upwardly mobile residents to flee for the suburbs. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Record levels of unemployment and disappearing jobs in inner-city neighborhoods are the root cause of poverty and social distress among African Americans, contends Wilson, an eminent University of Chicago sociology professor. A galvanizing blueprint for concerned citizens and policy makers, his scholarly study focuses on Chicago's inner-city poor, using three surveys he conducted between 1987 and 1993. Wilson (The Truly Disadvantaged) sees a direct link between growing joblessness and what he calls ghetto-related behavior and attitudes?fatherless children born out of wedlock, drugs, crime, gang violence, hopelessness?but unlike those who blame a "culture of poverty," he emphasizes that structural changes can effect a turnaround. His plan to reverse declining employment and social inequality includes proposals for city-suburban collaboration, private-sector partnerships with public schools, national health insurance, and time limits on welfare for able-bodied recipients combined with guaranteed jobs in a public-works program modeled on the New Deal's Works Progress Administration.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Numbers, but not enough critical sociological analysis for me! Dr. Wilson seemed afraid to venture outside of his research numbers, then apply those numbers to a piercing analysis... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Salena Boyd
I read this book quite a few years back, but it came to mind again with the recent riots in Ferguson and now Baltimore. Read morePublished 5 months ago by MiddleAmerican
Book was helpful for my graduate class. I don't know that I loved reading it, but it definitely taught me what I needed to know.Published 11 months ago by Lindsey P. Pritchard
Mr. Williams definitely done his research to address the issues never taken into consideration why things are the way they are. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Larry P.
This book keeps it real while also managing to keep it interesting too. I have read many of these books on poverty and the working poor and most of them are dry, humorless things. Read morePublished 22 months ago by THE AUTISTIC WEREWOLF
A brief Amazon review seems inappropriate for this kind of book. With that said, it's a great book. Still relevant today.Published 23 months ago by Josh C.
I rate this book with five stars because it is telling the message in a scholarly way that I have been saying earlier. I have only began to read it. Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by Wesley Cobbs