Poverty in America: A Handbook

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University of California Press, Feb 6, 2006 - Political Science - 223 pages
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In a remarkably concise, readable, and accessible format, John Iceland provides a comprehensive picture of poverty in America, He shows how poverty is measured and understood and how it has changed over time, as well as how public policies have grappled with poverty as a political issue and an economic reality. This edition has been updated and includes a new preface.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Early Views of Poverty in America
10
Methods of Measuring Poverty
20
Characteristics of the Poverty Population
38
Causes of Poverty
70
Why Poverty Remains High Revisited
98
Poverty and Policy
118
Conclusion
142
Data and Methods for the Analysis in Chapter 6
149
Notes
153
References
181
Index
201
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About the author (2006)

John Iceland is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland and former Branch Chief, Poverty and Health Statistics Branch, Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division, U. S. Census Bureau.

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