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

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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  - Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance - Goodreads

Katherine S. Newman, Ford Foundation Professor of Urban Studies at Harvard, focuses much of her research on America's urban poor. In No Shame in My Game, Newman describes the results of her two year ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Tyler - Goodreads

No Shame in My Game documents the working poor of inner cities. Newman does an excellent job capturing more than statistics with extensive and long-term case studies. Newman falters somewhat in the ... Read full review

Contents

one Working Lives
3
two The Invisible Poor
39
three Getting a Job in the Inner City
62
four No Shame in This Game
86
five School and Skill in the LowWage World
122
six Getting Stuck Moving Up
150
seven Family Values
186
eight Whos In Whos Out?
230
nine What We Can Do for the Working Poor
268
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Katherine Newman is a professor at Harvard University.


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