The acclaimed author of "The Truly Disadvantaged" now gives readers the most important book on race and poverty that's been written in recent years. In "When Work Disappears", William Julius Wilson looks squarely at the pathologies of our urban ghettos and attributes them to the disappearance of jobs in the wake of a globalized economy. A "New ...
The acclaimed author of "The Truly Disadvantaged" now gives readers the most important book on race and poverty that's been written in recent years. In "When Work Disappears", William Julius Wilson looks squarely at the pathologies of our urban ghettos and attributes them to the disappearance of jobs in the wake of a globalized economy. A "New York Time" Notable Book of the Year.
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Publishers Weekly, 1997-07-14 A liberal theorist studies the effects of long-term joblessness. (Aug.)
Publishers Weekly, 1996-07-01 Record levels of unemployment and disappearing jobs in inner-city neighborhoods are the root cause of poverty and social distress among African Americans, contends Wilson, an eminent University of Chicago sociology professor. A galvanizing blueprint for concerned citizens and policy makers, his scholarly study focuses on Chicago's inner-city poor, using three surveys he conducted between 1987 and 1993. Wilson (The Truly Disadvantaged) sees a direct link between growing joblessness and what he calls ghetto-related behavior and attitudesæfatherless children born out of wedlock, drugs, crime, gang violence, hopelessnessæbut unlike those who blame a "culture of poverty," he emphasizes that structural changes can effect a turnaround. His plan to reverse declining employment and social inequality includes proposals for city-suburban collaboration, private-sector partnerships with public schools, national health insurance, and time limits on welfare for able-bodied recipients combined with guaranteed jobs in a public-works program modeled on the New Deal's Works Progress Administration. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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