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When Work Disappears : The World of the New Urban Poor Paperback – July 29, 1997
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I did not have much of a problem with his analysis of urban poverty. Wilson is right on when he blames a lack of jobs, transportation, adequate social support (including the lack of universal healthcare and childcare subsidies), and the cultural conditions created by unemployment as causes of urban poverty. However, like many sociologists and economists, he assumes post industrialist conceptions of these problems. For instance, he cites the "skills bias" as one of the major causes of a lack of jobs for poor, unskilled workers. He rehashes the common view that job loss can be attributed to our post-industrial economy that simply requires people to go to college and get more and more education. However, subsequent sociologists (namely, Michael Handel from the University of Wisconsin) have dismissed the skills bias as a bit of a myth that is used to distract people from the actual problem. If Wilson would have written his book a couple years later, he would have seen how job loss in the high technology sectors of the economy and the high unemployment rates for college graduates make it hard to believe that our economy has a skills bias. However, Wilson does acknowledge the other causes of job loss, including the trade deficit and off shoring production as more realistic causes of poverty.
My major problem is with his policy prescriptions, which like most establishment social scientists fall within the mainstream thinking.Read more ›
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This is one of the best books that I have ever read that explains the origin of ghettos and inner cities.Published 24 days ago by Michael G.
This book spontaneously caught fire and burned my home down. I am so sad.Published 28 days ago by Sarrus25
Same old, same old, it is not good to be poor and have to life on public assistance in a slum. Duh!!!!Published 5 months ago by Ready Reader
Item was received so quickly and works perfectly fine. I recommend everyone to buy from this seller whenever they need a product like this. Thank you very much!!Published 5 months ago by Solomon Tia
It arrived quickly and in good condition. It discusses African Americans in the ghettos of Chicago during the 1970's and 1980's. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Chrissy
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 13 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 14 months ago by MiddleAmerican