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One Nation, Underprivileged : Why American Poverty Affects Us All

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Despite its enormous wealth, the United States leads the industrialized world in poverty. One Nation, Underprivileged unravels this disturbing paradox by offering a unique and radically different understanding of American poverty. It debunks many of our most common myths about the poor, while at the same time provides a powerful new framework for addressing this enormous social and economic problem. Mark Robert Rank vividly shows that the fundamental causes of poverty are to be found in our economic structure and political policy failures, rather than individual shortcomings or attitudes. He establishes for the first time that a significant percentage of Americans will experience poverty during their adult lifetimes, and firmly demonstrates that poverty is an issue of vital national concern. Ultimately, Rank provides us with a new paradigm for understanding poverty, and outlines an innovative set of strategies that will reduce American poverty. One Nation, Underprivileged represents a profound starting point for rekindling a national focus upon America's most vexing social and economic problem.show more

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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 521.63g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 3 line illus.
  • 0195189728
  • 9780195189728

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...an engaging book, nontechnical in its presentation of the facts, and written with great compassion for the least fortunate among us. This volume also brings together a large and complex literature on poverty and new empirical evidence on the dynamics of poverty. * Daniel T. Lichter, Ohio State University Journal of Marriage and Family * ...an engaging book, nontechnical in its presentation of the facts, and written with great compassion for the least fortunate among us. This volume also brings together a large and complex literature on poverty and new empirical evidence on the dynamics of poverty. * Daniel T. Lichter, Ohio State University Journal of Marriage and Family * ...Offers an analytical yet passionate critique of the harsh economic reality of poverty, which will affect most of us during our lives... * Z Magazine * Amid the commercial babble of most messages heard in a land of plenty, Ranks thesis definitely deserves a higher profile. * St. Louis Post-Dispatch * One Nation, Underprivileged is a valuable book, filled with insights from research and from listening to people in poverty. It addresses fundamental questions about why those who aren't poor should care about the costs of poverty.... An important contribution to the national debate about why people are poor and what should be done about poverty in America. * Mark Greenberg, Director of Policy, Center for Law and Social Policy * America is a wealthy land filled with poverty and economic insecurity that deny millions of our children a fair start in life. One Nation, Underprivileged attacks the problem with new and often surprising research, strong moral values, an ear for real people's voices, and a powerful sense of optimism. Mark Rank reveals how we all share the economic, social, personal, and moral costs of economic insecurity in America and shows why and how we can fight back. * Marian Wright Edelman, President, Children's Defense Fund * Rank stands out amid the rising chorus of authors who are decrying wage stagnation and widening income gap in that he tackles the very concept of poverty and its dimensions to demonstrate how and why its pervasiveness makes it a moral and political problem that affects everyone. * America, the National Catholic Weekly * If you routinely accept America continuing to build more and more prison space but want to debate building more schools don't read this book. If you feel good about the "Welfare to Work" law even though 25% of all workers in Iowa make poverty level wages. Mark Rank's One Nation, Underprivileged is for all the rest of us who believe poverty is a weapon of mass destruction and that we should all work to change the course this country is barreling down. * Honorable Patricia Scott Schroeder, President & CEO Association of American Publishers, and Form er Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Colorado * A vital book that reminds us of the greatest blind spot in American politics. * Gregg Easterbrook, The New Republic * Amid the commercial babble of most messages heard in a land of plenty, Rank's thesis definitely deserves a higher profile. * St. Louis Post-Dispatch * Rank's book is a must read for students and scholars studying the poverty problem. It is emotionally moving, intellectually stimulating and it inspires us to action." * International Journal of Social Welfare * An admirable and thoughtful book...Social Forcesshow more

Table of contents

PART I. THE NATURE OF AMERICAN POVERTY; PART II. A CAUSE FOR CONCERN; PART III. CREATING FUNDAMENTAL CHANGEshow more

About Mark Robert Rank

Mark Robert Rank is the Herbert S. Hadley Professor of Social Welfare at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University.show more

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