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The Truly Disadvantaged



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This is the 2nd edition with a publication date of 7/10/2012.

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Renowned American sociologist William Julius Wilson takes a look at the social transformation of inner city ghettos, offering a sharp evaluation of the convergence of race and poverty. Rejecting both conservative and liberal interpretations of life in the inner city, Wilson offers essential information and a number of solutions to policymakers. The Truly Disadvantagedis a wide-ranging examination, looking at the relationship between race, employment, and education from the 1950s onwards, with surprising and provocative findings. This second edition also includes a new afterword from Wilson himself that bring the book up to date and offers fresh insight into its findings. " The Truly Disadvantagedshould spur critical thinking in many quarters about the causes and possible remedies for inner city poverty. As policymakers grapple with the problems of an enlarged underclass they-as well as community leaders and all concerned Americans of all races-would be advised to examine Mr. Wilson's incisive analysis."-Robert Greenstein, New York Times Book Review

Author Biography

William Julius Wilson is the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University. He is the author of many books, including The Declining Significance of Race, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
The Ghetto Underclass, Poverty, and Social Dislocations
Cycles of Deprivation and the Ghetto Underclass Debatep. 3
Social Change and Social Dislocations in the Inner Cityp. 20
Poverty and Family Structure: The Widening Gap between Evidence and Public Policy Issuesp. 63
Joblessness versus Welfare Effects: A Further Reexaminationp. 93
The Ghetto Underclass and Public Policy
Race-specific Policies and the Truly Disadvantagedp. 109
The Limited Visions of Race Relations and the War on Povertyp. 125
The Hidden Agendap. 140
Appendix: Urban Poverty: A State-of-the-Art Review of the Literaturep. 165
Notesp. 189
Bibliographyp. 225
Reflections on Responses to The Truly Disadvantagedp. 251
Indexp. 311
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