This book is designed to help readers navigate through the vast
and rapidly growing literature on poverty in urban America. The
major themes, topics, debates, and issues are examined through an
analysis of eight basic questions about the nature and problem of
urban poverty: *What is poverty, and how is it measured? *What
kinds of national policies have been utilized to manage poverty?
*What are the major characteristics and trends associated with
poverty in America, and how are race and ethnicity reflected in
these trends? *What are the major explanations for persistent
poverty in the United States? *What are the major characteristics
and themes reflected in the American welfare system and
anti-poverty policies? *How is the underclass defined and
explained? *How have the poor utilized political mobilization to
fight poverty in the United States? *How does social welfare policy
directed at poverty in America compare to social welfare systems in
After analyzing these issues, Jennings concludes with a brief
overview of how public discussions related to poverty in the 1990s
are similar to such debates in earlier periods. Essential reading
for urban policy makers, social scientists, and students of
contemporary American urban concerns.
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