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Poverty & Welfare

(see also Welfare Reform, Homelessness, Single Motherhood, Hunger in US & Hunger & Famine)

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On the Web: Articles

The Other State of the Union. Kathryn Casa, Brattleboro Reformer (1/28/03).

Poverty to Rise in Wake of Terrorist Attacks in US. World Bank Group (10/1/01). The unseen toll: negative economic ripple effect of 9/11 attacks.

Wolfensohn Says Poverty & Inequality At Root Of Global Ills. Robert E. Sullivan, Earth Times (9/18/01). World Bank president cites link between poverty, inequality and 'disruptions of peace'.

Poverty USA. Online video.

On the Web: Specialized Sites

1999 Status Report on Hunger & Homelessness in America's Cities.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

Jewish Fund for Justice.

Weingart Center Institute for the Study of Homelessness & Poverty.

United for a Fair Economy

In the Library: Articles

Cassidy, John. "A new study shows America's fat cats getting fatter," New Yorker (9/13/99)?.

deMause, Neil. “Bad to worse,” In These Times (9/2/02):15-17.

Fitzgerald, Janine. "The disciplinary apparatus of welfare reform," Monthly Review 56,6 (11/04):53-62.

Fraser, Donald M. “Get tough,” In These Times (11/29/93):19-21.

Galbraith, James K. "With economic inequality for all," Nation (9/7/98):24-26.

Maharidge, Dale. “And the rural poor get poorer,” Nation (1/6/92):10-12.

Peters, Gretchen. “A new push to clean up the world’s slums,” Christian Science Monitor (11/20/03):7.

Reed, Adolph L. Jr. "The underclass myth," Progressive (9/91):18-20.

Vilkomerson, Rebecca. “Cruel cuts: so much for the promises on kids,” San Jose Mercury News (12/3/03).

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Abramovitz, Mimi. Under Attack, Fighting Back: Women & Welfare in the US (NY: Monthly Review, 199?).

Asen, Robert. Visions of Poverty: Welfare Policy & Political Imagination (East Lansing, 200?).

Both, Deborah & Barbara Zang (eds.) The Working Poor in America: A Sourcebook for Journalists (Washington: National Academy, 1990).

Brinkley, Alan. The End of Reform (NY: Vintage, 1996). Social welfare can be achieved through the economic regulation of employers.

Cloward, Richard A. & Frances Fox Piven. The Politics of Turmoil: Essays on Poverty, Race & the Urban Crisis (NY: Pantheon, 1974).

Collins, Sheila. Let Them Eat Ketchup! The Politics of Poverty & Inequality (NY: Monthly Review, 199?).

Connolly, Deborah R. Homeless Mothers. Face to Face with Women & Poverty (Minneapolis: U. Minnesota, 2000).

Danziger, Sheldon & Daniel Weinberg (eds.) Fighting Poverty: What Works & What Doesn't (Cambridge MA: Harvard, 1986).

__________; Gary Sandefur & Daniel Weinberg (eds.) Confronting Poverty: Prescriptions for Change (Cambridge MA: Harvard, 1996).

Davis, Gareth. From Opportunity to Entitlement: The Transformation & Decline of Great Society Liberalism (Lawrence: U. Kansas, 1996).

Davis, Peter. If You Came This Way: A Journey Through the Lives of the Underclass (NY: Wiley, 1995).

Dodson, Lisa. Don't Call Us Out of Name. The Untold Lives of Women & Girls in Poor America (Boston: Beacon, 1999).

Dowd, Nancy E. In Defense of Single-Parent Families (NY, 1997).

Edin, Kathryn & Laura Lein. Making Ends Meet: How Single Mothers Survive Welfare & Low Wage Work (NY: Russell Sage Foundation, 1997).

Folsom, Franklin. America before Welfare (NY, 1996).

Gans, Herbert J. The War Against The Poor: The Underclass and Antipoverty Policy (Bloomington: Indiana U., 2003).

Goldberg, Gertrude Schaffner & Sheila D. Collins. Washington's New Poor Law: Welfare "Reform" & the Roads Not Taken, 1935-Present (NY?: Apex, 2001?).

Goldsmith, William W. & Edward J. Blakely. Separate Societies: Poverty and Inequality in U.S. Cities (Philadelphia: Temple Press U.).

Gordon, Linda. Women, the State & Welfare (Madison: U. Wisconsin, 1991).

__________. Pitied But Not Entitled: Single Mothers & the History of Welfare (NY: Free Press, 1994).

Hirschman, Nancy J. & Ulrike Liebert. Women & Welfare: Theory & Practice in the US & Europe (New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers, 2001).

Iceland, John. Poverty in America (UC Press, 2003).

Jasper, James M. Restless Nation: Starting Over in America (Chicago: U. Chicago, 2001).

Katz, Michael B. Improving Poor People: The Welfare State, the “Underclass,” and Urban Schools as History (Bloomington: Indiana U., 2003).

Kozol, Jonathan. Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools (NY: Crown, 1991).

__________. Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children & the Conscience of a Nation (NY: Crown, 1995).

Lareau, Annette. Unequal Childhoods (UC Press, 2003).

Lemann, Nicholas. The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration & How it Changed America (NY: Vintage, 1992).

Lens, Sidney. Poverty: America's Enduring Paradox. A History of the Richest Nation's Unwon War (NY: Crowell, 1969).

Margalit, Avishai. The Decent Society (Cambridge MA: Harvard, 1996).

Mink, Gwendolyn. The Wages of Motherhood. Inequality in the Welfare State, 1917-1942 (Ithaca, 1996).

Patterson, James. America;s Struggle Against Poverty, 1900-1994 (Cambridge MA: Harvard, 1995).

Payne, James L. Overcoming Welfare: Expecting More from the Poor & from Ourselves (NY: Basic Books, 1998).

Pedersen, Susan. Family, Dependence, & the Origins of the Welfare State: Britain & France, 1914-1945 (NY: Cambridge, 1993).

Piven, Frances Fox & Richard Cloward. Regulating the Poor: The Functions of Public Welfare (N Y: Pantheon, 1971; rev. ed. NY: Vintage, 1993).

__________. The New Class War: Reagan's Attack on the Welfare State & Its Consequences (NY: Pantheon, 1982).

__________. The Breaking of the American Social Compact (NY: New Press, 1997).

Prashad, Vijay. Keeping Up with the Dow Joneses. Debt, Prison, Workfare (Boston: South End, 2003).

Rainwater, Lee & Timothy M. Smeeding. Poor Kids in a Rich Country: America's Children in Comparative Perspective (NY: Russel Sage, 2004).

Rose, Nancy. Put to Work: Relief Programs in the Great Depression (NY: Monthly Review, 199?)

Schlabach, Gerald W. And Who Is My Neighbor? Poverty, Privilege & the Gospel of Christ (Scottdale PA, 1990).

Schram, Sanford F. & Joe Soss, Richard C. Fording (eds.) Race & the Politics of Welfare Reform (Ann Arbor: U. of Michigan, 2003).

Schwartz, Joel. Fighting Poverty with Virtue: Moral Reform & America's Urban Poor, 1825-2000 (Bloomington: Indiana U., 2000).

Shipler, David K. The Working Poor: Invisible in America (NY: Knopf, 2004).

Sider, Ronald J. (ed.) Cry Justice. The Bible Speaks on Hunger & Poverty (NY, 1980).

Skocpol, Theda. Protecting Soldiers & Mothers: The Political Origins of Social Policy in the US (Cambridge MA: Harvard, 1995).

Sobin, Dennis P. The Working Poor: Minority Workers in Low-Wage, Low-Skill Jobs (Port Washington NY: Kennikat, 1973).

Thompson, Kathleen & Hilary Mac Austin (eds.) Children of the Depression (Bloomington: Indiana U., 2002).

Websdale, Neil. Policing the Poor: From Slave Plantation to Public Housing (Boston: Northeastern U, 2001).

Wilson, William Julius. When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor (NY: Knopf, 1996).

Wolfe, Alan. One Nation, After All: How Middle Class Americans Really Think about God, Country, Racism, Welfare, Immigration, Homosexuality, Work, the Right, the Left, & Each Other (NY: Viking, 1998).

Wolff, Edward N. Top Heavy: A Study of the Increasing Inequality of Wealth in America (NY: 20th Century Fund, 1995).

In the Library: Fiction

In the Library: Poetry

In the Library: Photography

Straub, Gerard Thomas. When Did I See You Hungry? (Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger, 2002). Photographic meditation on plight of poor in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Detroit, Toronto, Rome, Nairobi & places in Brazil, India, the Philippines & Jamaica.

CD & Audio

Film & Video

"Minimum Wage" [2005], dir. Morgan Spurlock & R.J. Cutler, 60m. From Runaway Films.

"When Did I See You Hungry?" [2002], dir. Gerard Thomas Straub, 37m. From Franciscan Communications. Photographic meditation on plight of poor in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Detroit, Toronto, Rome, Nairobi & places in Brazil, India, the Philippines & Jamaica.

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