This long-awaited study, by one of America's leading sociologists, analyzes the disappearance of work and its impact on the inner city of Chicago. Wilson explores the current erosion of blue-collar jobs; the movement of business to the suburbs, which excludes the poor of the inner cities; and the gradual flight of all but the very poorest from urban communities. Wilson contest the conservative view that people of the ghetto lack drive and aspiration, and shows that their hopes for success and an honest life are the same as ...