The War Against the Poor

The War Against the Poor

The Underclass and Antipoverty Policy

Book - 1995
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Baker & Taylor
Revealing stereotypes that have promoted discrimination against the poor, a critical study offers innovative job-centered and education proposals aimed at public awareness and preventing street crime

Perseus Publishing
"In his withering dissection of the origins and misuse of the term “underclass” to stereotype and stigmatize the poor, Herbert J. Gans shows how this ubiquitous label has relegated a wide variety of pe"

In his withering dissection of the origins and misuse of the term “underclass” to stereotype and stigmatize the poor, Herbert J. Gans shows how this ubiquitous label has relegated a wide variety of people—welfare recipients, the working poor, teenage mothers, drug addicts, the homeless, and others—to a single condemned class, feared and despised by the rest of society. Probing the deep psychological, social, and political reasons why Americans seek to indict millions of poor citizens as “undeserving,” Gans calls for a cease-fire in the undeclared war against the poor. He concludes with a set of innovative, job-centered policy proposals and a multifaceted educational plan to stop the endless flow of new recruits into America’s untouchable caste.


Blackwell North Amer
For most of its history, America has been fighting a vicious war that cannot be won: a war against its poor.
Herbert J. Gans argues that by withholding the opportunity for decent jobs and incomes, we are also killing the spirit of an already large portion of the population. And, he warns, as more well-paying and secure jobs disappear from the American economy, a growing number of workers will join its ranks.
The book ends with an imaginative set of economic policy ideas for a twenty-first-century America that may never again be able to supply enough decent jobs for everyone.

Baker
& Taylor

Revealing widespread stereotypes that have promoted discrimination against the poor, a critical study offers innovative job-centered and education proposals aimed at heightening public awareness and preventing street crime.

Publisher: New York, NY : BasicBooks, c1995
ISBN: 9780465019908
0465019900
Branch Call Number: 362.58 G157w
Characteristics: xii, 195 p. ; 22 cm

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