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The Ghetto Underclass

The Ghetto Underclass
Social Science Perspectives

Edited by:
  • William Julius Wilson - Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, USA, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA, University of Kansas, Lawrence, USA, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA

August 1993 | 206 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Sponsored by the American Academy of Political and Social Science William Julius Wilson is a leader in the study of the urban underclass. His controversial thesis states that the fragmentation of the black community along class lines has resulted in a group of blacks who have left the inner city for middle-class suburban life, leaving behind the ghetto underclass of very disadvantaged poor. This thesis has had an enormous impact on the study of urban life, race, and society. Originally published as a special issue of the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, The Ghetto Underclass addresses questions from theoretical, empirical, and policy perspectives. Wilson and other leading social scientists cover demographic and industrial transitions, family patterns, sexual behavior, immigration, and homelessness of the urban underclass. Wilson's introduction updates recent work on this topic since publication of the Annals issue. The Ghetto Underclass should be read by all students and professionals of urban studies, ethnic studies, sociology, policy studies, political science, social work, social welfare, and education.

William Julius Wilson
The Underclass
Issues, Perspectives, and Public Policy

Lo[um]ic J D Wacquant and William Julius Wilson
The Cost of Racial and Class Exclusion in the Inner City
John D Kasarda
Urban Industrial Transition and the Underclass
Mercer L Sullivan
Absent Fathers in the Inner City
Elijah Anderson
Sex Codes and Family Life Among Poor Inner-City Youths
Mark Testa et al
Employment and Marriage Among Inner-City Fathers
Sara McLanahan and Irwin Garfinkel
Single Mothers, The Underclass, and Social Policy
Marta Tienda
Puerto Ricans and the Underclass Debate
Robert D Reischauer
Immigration and the Underclass
Peter H Rossi and James D Wright
The Urban Homeless
A Portrait of Urban Dislocation

Jennifer L Hochschild
Equal Opportunity and the Estranged Poor
Lawrence M Mead
The Logic of Workfare
The Underclass and Work Policy

Richard P Nathan
Institutional Change and the Challenge of the Underclass

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