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Reducing Poverty in America
Views and Approaches

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November 1995 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
How can we make a difference in the lives of those trapped in the culture of poverty? What methods should policymakers use to empower and assist the poor? Americans want to reduce poverty as much and as fast as possible, but will spending more tax dollars on welfare achieve this goal? Reducing Poverty in America tackles these tough questions and captures the breadth and fire of the debate over poverty today. This timely volume compiles the works of 21 varied and distinguished social scientists and policy analysts, discussing their ideas on how to reduce poverty, welfare dependency, and other social ills. Four separate areas of focus in the antipoverty effort are examined in depth: education, community empowerment, job training, and social interventions. Next, the book considers these techniques and lays out three strategies for reaching the goal of poverty reduction and reinventing the American dream. Up-to-date on the facts of poverty and major points of view on its causes, Reducing Poverty in America will be of great interest to policymakers, scholars, and students in the fields of sociology, social work, race and ethnic studies, education, psychology, public policy, political science, and family and cultural studies.

 
PART ONE: POVERTY AND THE UNDERCLASS
Michael R Darby
Facing and Reducing Poverty
Douglas J Besharov
Poverty, Welfare Dependency, and the Underclass
Trends and Explanations

 
David Hayes-Bautista
Poverty and the Underclass
Some Latino Crosscurrents

 
 
PART TWO: APPROACHES TO REDUCING POVERTY
Christopher Jencks
Can We Replace Welfare with Work?
Charles Murray
Reducing Poverty and Reducing the Underclass
Different Problems, Different Solutions

 
Glenn C Loury
A Dissent from the Incentive Approaches to Reducing Poverty
 
PART THREE: IMPROVING SCHOOLING FOR THE POOR
John E Chubb and Terry M Moe
Politics, Markets, and Equality in Schools
Albert Shanker
Mythical Choice and Real Standards
 
PART FOUR: TWO STRATEGIES FOR EMPOWERING PEOPLE: POLITICS AND MARKETS
Ernesto J Cortés Jr
Reweaving the Fabric
The Iron Rule and the IAF Strategy for Power and Politics

 
John C Weicher
New War on Poverty
The Kemp Program to Empower the Poor

 
Robert L Woodson Sr
What We Can Learn from Grassroots Leaders
 
PART FIVE: JOB TRAINING: FROM WELFARE TO PAYROLLS
Judith M Gueron
Welfare and Poverty
Strategies to Increase Work

 
Lawrence M Mead
Raising Work Levels among the Poor
Margaret C Simms
Training, Work, and Poverty
 
PART SIX: REDUCING POVERTY THROUGH SOCIAL INTERVENTION
Leslie Lenkowsky
Reducing Poverty
Will the New `Services Strategy' Do Better than the Old?

 
Edward Zigler and Sally J Styfco
Reshaping Early Childhood Intervention to Be a More Effective Weapon against Poverty
 
PART SEVEN: REDUCING POVERTY IN AMERICA
James H Johnson Jr
The Real Issues for Reducing Poverty
Ben Wattenberg
No More Something for Nothing
James Q Wilson
Cultural Aspects of Poverty

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