The War on Poverty

The War on Poverty : A Retrospective

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In January of 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a "War on Poverty." Over the next several years, the United States launched several programs aimed at drastically reducing the level of poverty throughout the nation. Now fifty years later, we have a number of lessons related to what has and has not worked in the fight against poverty. This book is a collection of chapters by both researchers and practitioners studying and addressing matters of poverty as they intersect with a number of broader social challenges such as health care, education, and criminal justice issues. The War on Poverty: A Retrospective serves as a collection of many of their observations, thoughts, and findings. Ultimately, the authors reflect on some of the lessons of the past fifty years and ask basic questions about poverty and its continued impact on American society, as well as how we might continue to address the challenges that poverty presents for our more

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  • Hardback | 300 pages
  • 162.56 x 231.14 x 35.56mm | 566.99g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739190784
  • 9780739190784

About Kyle Farmbry

Kyle Farmbry is associate dean of the Graduate School and associate professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers more

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Editor Farmbry has assembled a policy-oriented group of scholars and practitioners who produced chapters that together comprehensively cover a range of topics and look back on 50 years of US anti-poverty efforts. Contributors cover the essentials of debates over poverty and its causes-e.g., single motherhood, racism, education, immigration, health care, rural/urban/suburban divides-as well as topics of special interest after the Great Recession, including a superb chapter on policies that contributed to the foreclosure crisis. The policy orientation means chapters cover not only the usual human capital, education, and workforce development strategies for alleviating poverty but also worker cooperatives and programs to promote 'inclusive capitalism'-ways to engage workers in decisions about production and investment and to compensate workers with a greater share of the returns to increased productivity. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. CHOICE Kyle Farmbry and his colleagues have written an important book which covers the pillars of what is known today as social policy. Fields such as education, health policy, children, families, and poverty are presented clearly and the reader will come away with a solid and comprehensive understanding of social policy as a field and its impact on our country in the past, present, and possibly the future. I strongly recommend this volume as one of the best of its kind. -- Walter D. Broadnax, Syracuse University Kyle Fambry et al paint a realistic picture of poverty and inequality with a broad but skillful, evenhanded brush for all to see and experience. The story told in the compelling language of academic research, and augmented with the practical experience of passionate practitioners who work in this world on a daily basis, causes one to wonder how we went so wrong. The book thematically expresses the lessons and discourse emerging from years of fighting for equality for low-income female households, rural development in the south, the criminal justice system, the war on drugs, health care, education, and the housing crisis creating suburban poverty. The authors challenge us to look at workforce and poverty as a collective issue and think of new ways to engage our communities in the war on poverty, inequality and workforce development. -- Audrey L. Mathews, California State University, San Bernardinoshow more

Table of contents

Contents Preface, Kyle Farmbry Introduction: The War on Poverty - Some Initial Thoughts, Kyle Farmbry Poverty Policy Link: Three Examples, Sebawit G. Bishu and Mohamad Alkadry Women and Children in Poverty: How Low Income Female Headed Families Have Fared Since the War on Poverty, Regina Malveaux and Rachel Dolezal Immigration and Poverty , Portia Dinoso Campos "The Movement's Broadway": Race, Poverty, Education, and Healthcare in the State of Mississippi, Jennifer A. Stollman and Susan M. Glisson Poverty in Appalachia, Joanna Maulbeck War as Metaphor: The Convergence of the War on Poverty and the War on Drugs, Keesha Middlemass Poverty and Juvenile Justice: Exploring the Intersections, Identifying the Solutions, Al Passarella Home Sweet Home: Race, Housing, and the Foreclosure Crisis, Rosie Uyola Not in My Backyard: An Examination of Suburban Gentrification as Tool for Combating Poverty, Portia Allen-Kyle Poverty and Health Care, Venessa Perry The Educational Achievement Gap and Poverty: Lessons of ESEA and Head Start, Franklin Dickerson Turner Workforce Development in an Era of Diminishing Work, Michael Vorgetts Worker Cooperatives as Models for Economic Engagement, Daphne Berry Inclusive Capitalism and Poverty Alleviation, David Madland, Karla Walters, Alex Ingrams Conclusion, Kyle Farmbry About the Editor About the Contributors Bibliography Indexshow more