Struggling in the Land of Plenty: Race, Class, and Gender in the Lives of Homeless Families

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Lexington Books, 2019 - Social Science - 214 pages
At the conclusion of the twentieth century, the US economy was booming, but the gap between the rich and poor widened significantly in the 1990s, poverty rates among women and children skyrocketed, and there was an unprecedented rise in familial homelessness. Based on a four-year ethnographic study, Anne R. Roschelle examines how socially structured race, class, and gender inequality contributed to the rise in family homelessness and the devastating consequences for parents and their children. Struggling in the Land of Plenty analyzes the appalling conditions under which homeless women and children live, the violence endemic to their lives, the role of the welfare state in perpetrating poverty, and their never-ending struggle for survival.

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This is one of those books that you read and automatically think to yourself “what an idiot.” The only reason why this book sold copies is probably because she makes her students pay for it. The description does say she is a professor in sociology. But since she’s a professor, why does her evidence make no sense???? It’s like the book was written by a 5 year old. Spend your money on a book more useful like twilight. I’ve lost brain cells from reading this. SAVE YOUR MONEY!  

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Anne R. Roschelle is professor of sociology and chair of the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

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