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By Barbara A. Arrighi

ISBN-10: 0275957322

ISBN-13: 9780275957322

Rejecting those that urge a bootstrap method of humans residing in severe poverty at the fringe of society, sociologist Barbara Arrighi makes an eloquent, compassionate plea for empathy and collective accountability towards these for whom both the boots or the straps are lacking. This booklet additional bargains suggestions in realization elevating, neighborhood collaboration, and expert, dependable public coverage. The ebook is a critique of a process that purports to serve but occasionally impedes the welfare of these who're wanting the fundamental components for survival, together with reasonable guard. It analyzes the structural components of poverty and the social mental expenses of being terrible and missing a house. using interview findings from households who've lived in a look after in northern Kentucky and from employees participants, the ebook examines the degrading results of preserve existence on women's self-respect and kid's improvement. instead of an exam of person pathologies resulting in loss of guard, it facilities on girls and kids residing in shelters and gives a sociological learn of poverty and the kin.

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Boarding Houses: Once Popular Home Away from Home Boarding houses and rooms for rent in private homes, both common fixtures in the early American landscape, began to disappear from cities even before the great urban renewal was initiated. As a result, large numbers of individuals were left without homes. Typically this form of housing provided a relatively inexpensive, safe home environment for those migrating from rural areas to urban centers and for immigrants from other countries. Nineteenth- and early twentieth-century census data give evidence of their acceptance as forms of housing.

Today it is only 42 percent. 59 The average female annual earnings cap at $22,000 between ages 40 and 44. And at least half of the increase in women's wages relative to men has occurred not through any advances in equality for women, but because of declining real earnings of men. 60 That fact explains in part why one-third of the increase in poverty has occurred in single-parent families. 61 The same argument that has been offered to explain the wage discrepancy between Anglo and African-American men is reproduced for women.

1 The fact that the majority have had income indicates that whatever the precipitating factor, being without a home is not a sudden event for most people. 2 Those without homes do not necessarily lack social ties. 3 Having examined in chapter 2 the multiplicity of structural variables that are operating in the lives of those who are poor, we now turn attention to the socioemotional cost of being without permanent housing. 46 America's Shame LIFE IN TEMPORARY SHELTERS How far has society progressed in caring for persons in poverty or without homes?

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