When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jun 8, 2011 - Social Science - 352 pages
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Wilson, one of our foremost authorities on race and poverty, challenges decades of liberal and conservative pieties to look squarely at the devastating effects that joblessness has had on our urban ghettos. Marshaling a vast array of data and the personal stories of hundreds of men and women, Wilson persuasively argues that problems endemic to America's inner cities--from fatherless households to drugs and violent crime--stem directly from the disappearance of blue-collar jobs in the wake of a globalized economy. Wilson's achievement is to portray this crisis as one that affects all Americans, and to propose solutions whose benefits would be felt across our society. At a time when welfare is ending and our country's racial dialectic is more strained than ever, When Work Disappears is a sane, courageous, and desperately important work.



"Wilson is the keenest liberal analyst of the most perplexing of all American problems...[This book is] more ambitious and more accessible than anything he has done before."
--The New Yorker


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Review: When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor

User Review  - Miriam - Goodreads

This book was written in 1996 and it is amazing how little has changed in terms of the economic prospects of the unskilled and even of the middle class. It remains to be seen whether better health ... Read full review

Review: When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor

User Review  - John Sibley - Goodreads

A brilliant expose on how structural and institutional capitalism ( and racism)is far more important in determining public policy for the poor than cultural perceptions. Read full review

Contents

From Institutional to Jobless Ghettos
3
Societal Changes and Vulnerable
25
Neighborhoods
51
The Fading InnerCity Family
87
The American Belief System Concerning
149
Racial Antagonisms and RaceBased
183
Social Policy Options
2-7
APPENDIXES
2-39
NOTES 753
2-61
BIBLIOGRAPHY 283
2-83
INDEX
309
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About the author (2011)

William Julius Wilson, a MacArthur Prize Fellow, is the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University. He is past president of the American Sociological Association and has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Academy of Education. In 1998 he was awarded the National Medal of Science. His previous books include "Power, Racism, and Privilege" (1976), "The Declining Significance of Race" (1979), "The Truly Disadvantaged" (1987), and "When Work Disappears" (1996).

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