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Author Rank, Mark R., author.

Title Poorly understood : what America gets wrong about poverty / Mark Robert Rank, Lawrence M. Eppard, and Heather E. Bullock.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2021]


Location Call No. Status
 Central Library - Circulating Collection  HV91 .R364 2021    Available
 Levine Library - Circulating Collection  HV91 .R364 2021    Available
Description viii, 243 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Section I: Who Are the Poor? -- Most Americans Will Experience Poverty -- The Poor Tend to Live Outside of Impoverished Inner-City Neighborhoods -- Poverty Spells Are Short but Frequent -- Whites Are the Largest Racial Group Experiencing Poverty -- Section II: Why Is There Poverty? -- Hard Work is Insufficient -- Raising Education and Skill Levels Will Not Solve Poverty Alone -- Decision-Making is Constrained for Those With Fewer Resources -- Poverty is Preventable -- Section III: What Is the Cost of Poverty? -- America's Poor Are Worse Off Than Elsewhere -- The Economic Cost of Poverty Is Enormous -- The Moral Ground to View Poverty Is Injustice -- Section IV: Does Welfare Work? -- The U.S. Welfare State is Minimal -- Welfare Fraud is Scarce -- Government Programs Can Reduce Poverty -- Section V: How Extensive Is Inequality? -- The United States is No Longer a Land of Upward Mobility and Opportunity -- The Playing Field is Uneven -- Inequality Matters -- Section VI: Pulling It Together -- Why Do the Myths Persist? -- Reshaping Social Policy -- Creating the Change.
Summary "What if the idealized image of American society--a land of opportunity that will reward hard work with economic success--is completely wrong? Few topics have as many myths, stereotypes, and misperceptions surrounding them as that of poverty in America. The poor have been badly misunderstood since the beginnings of the country, with the rhetoric only ratcheting up in recent times. Our current era of fake news, alternative facts, and media partisanship has led to a breeding ground for all types of myths and misinformation to gain traction and legitimacy. Poorly Understood is the first book to systematically address and confront many of the most widespread myths pertaining to poverty. Mark Robert Rank, Lawrence M. Eppard, and Heather E. Bullock powerfully demonstrate that the realities of poverty are much different than the myths; indeed in many ways they are more disturbing. The idealized image of American society is one of abundant opportunities, with hard work being rewarded by economic prosperity. But what if this picture is wrong? What if poverty is an experience that touches the majority of Americans? What if hard work does not necessarily lead to economic well-being? What if the reasons for poverty are largely beyond the control of individuals? And if all of the evidence necessary to disprove these myths has been readily available for years, why do they remain so stubbornly pervasive? These are much more disturbing realities to consider because they call into question the very core of America's identity. Armed with the latest research, Poorly Understood not only challenges the myths of poverty and inequality, but it explains why these myths continue to exist, providing an innovative blueprint for how the nation can move forward to effectively alleviate American poverty.-- Provided by
Subject Poor -- United States.
Poverty -- United States.
Public welfare -- United States.
United States -- Social conditions.
United States -- Economic conditions.
Added Author Eppard, Lawrence M., author.
Bullock, Heather E., author.
ISBN 9780190881382 hardcover
0190881380 hardcover
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