No Shame in My Game: The Working Poor in the Inner City (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 4, 2009 - Social Science - 416 pages
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"Powerful and poignant.... Newman's message is clear and timely." --The Philadelphia Inquirer

In No Shame in My Game, Harvard anthropologist Katherine Newman gives voice to a population for whom work, family, and self-esteem are top priorities despite all the factors that make earning a living next to impossible--minimum wage, lack of child care and health care, and a desperate shortage of even low-paying jobs. By intimately following the lives of nearly 300 inner-city workers and job seekers for two yearsin Harlem, Newman explores a side of poverty often ignored by media and politicians--the working poor.

The working poor find dignity in earning a paycheck and shunning the welfare system, arguing that even low-paying jobs give order to their lives. No Shame in My Game gives voice to a misrepresented segment of today's society, and is sure to spark dialogue over the issues surrounding poverty, working and welfare.

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Review: No Shame in My Game: The Working Poor in the Inner City

User Review  - Nancy - Goodreads

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 I found it so out of date that it was actually hard to read and could not complete it. I think an updated version would be much better. Read full review

Review: No Shame in My Game: The Working Poor in the Inner City

User Review  - Kressel Housman - Goodreads

The fast food industry meets Columbia University in this absorbing sociological study of the working poor. The author followed the daily lives of a number of “Burger Barn” employees, and you can't ... Read full review


one Working Lives
two The Invisible Poor
three Getting a Job in the Inner City
four No Shame in This Game
five School and Skill in the LowWage World
six Getting Stuck Moving Up
seven Family Values
eight Whos In Whos Out?
nine What We Can Do for the Working Poor

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Katherine Newman is a professor at Harvard University.

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