When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor

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Vintage Books, 1996 - Political Science - 322 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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WHEN WORK DISAPPEARS: The World of the New Urban Poor

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A sharp rejoinder, presented with cool and pitiless logic, to conservative analysis of the largely black urban underclass. Harvard sociologist Wilson (The Truly Disadvantaged, not reviewed; The ... Read full review

Contents

From Institutional to Jobless Ghettos
3
Societal Changes and Vulnerable
25
GhettoRelated Behavior and the Structure
51
The Fading InnerCity Family
87
The American Belief System Concerning
149
Racial Antagonisms and RaceBased
183
Social Policy Options
207
APPENDIXES
239
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William Julius Wilson is the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University. He is also the author of Power, Racism, and Privilege; The Declining Significance of Race; The Truly Disadvantaged; and The Bridge Over the Racial Divide. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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