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No Shame in My Game: The Working Poor in the Inner City Paperback – April 25, 2000
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Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Newman's very interesting approach is to take us into the lives of her "subjects", we get to know how and with whom do they live, who do they befriend and socialize with, how did they get their jobs and so much more. Relatively early on Newman makes a very clear point; the lives of the welfare poor and the working poor is so intertwined, and changes in welfare laws particularly those related to families with dependent children can make it virtually impossible for the working poor to carry on working. This conclusion emerges so very clearly as we get to know working poor with children whose ONLY possible childcare option is a welfare receiving relative looking after the family's young.
Newman deals very effectively with the cultural misconceptions about the fast food industry, reading this book you can no longer think of hamburger flippers as unskilled underachievers. Often these are brave people who have rejected the easy money drug culture, or people who have had to compete very hard to get low paying low status employment, or have to travel over an hour each way and leave young children behind.Read more ›
While there are definitely moments during which Newman tends to patronize her audience, the message is loud and clear and sounds throughout the book. If we are not able to look at our own society and see the struggle many of our fellow citizens go through then how can we ever advance together? There is no doubt that this book servers as an important piece in understanding diversity in our classrooms as well as our workplace--but the book also serves as a good example of understanding the other side and learning to not only appreciate, but incorporate them.
4 Different Stars out of 5.
Through years of interviews and following entry level workers at "Burger Barns" around the boroughs of New York, plus hands on experience working those jobs, the author and her assistants have put together an even-handed, if a bit pie in the sky, account of how the urban poor actually live (and work).
Those anecdotes of people not wanting to work, living off welfare, milking the state- well, yes, they are true, sometimes. But so too are the people who wake at 5 am, take 2 buses to school, leave school to go to work, then head home for an hour of homework and five hours of sleep. The former get the attention in the mainstream media and politics - it is easy to demonize that type. The author gives the attention to the latter.
The book is a bit pie in the sky - it does not hold most of these people responsible for their poor choices. Yes, having children as a teen is a choice. One can abstain from sex, use birth control, practice oral - all those things that most of us did to avoid children in high school (by choice or not). I feel that she should hold some of her examples to account for their behavior and the results it brings, but can forgive the optimism.
In all, this book presents an unseen picture of the struggles and tribulations these people go through working unforgiving, unrespected jobs, in an attempt to better themselves. I certainly have a different idea of the working poor as a result.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was probably a good book to read in 1999, when it was first published. I found it so out of date that it was actually hard to read and could not complete it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nancy A
An interesting read. Worth the time if you want to know more about how everyday people make a living and the conditions they go through.Published 17 months ago by NXV
This was a great book, I liked it very much. I have fairly strong vocabulary skills in effect, I know the meaning of most words I come in contact with. Read morePublished on November 5, 2013 by THE AUTISTIC WEREWOLF
I usually don't like books written by academics, because they aren't analytical enough. Many books written by academics are filled with jargon and straw man arguments, and i find... Read morePublished on September 3, 2012 by Diverse