Home > Publications . Search All . Browse All . Country . Browse PSC Pubs . PSC Report Series

PSC In The News

RSS Feed icon

Bailey and Danziger's War on Poverty book reviewed in NY Review of Books

Bloomberg cites MTF data in story on CDC's anti-smoking ads for e-cigarettes

Bound says notion that foreign college students are displacing U.S. students "isn't right"

Highlights

U-M ranked #1 in Sociology of Population by USN&WR's "Best Graduate Schools"

PAA 2015 Annual Meeting: Preliminary program and list of UM participants

ISR addition wins LEED Gold Certification

PSC Fall 2014 Newsletter now available

Next Brown Bag

Mon, April 6
Jinkook Lee, Wellbeing of the Elderly in East Asia

Sheldon H. Danziger photo

Understanding Poverty

Publication Abstract
Understanding Poverty cover image

Danziger, Sheldon H., and Robert Haveman. 2002. Understanding Poverty. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Addresses poverty & antipoverty policy in the US at the end of the 20th century, looking back to the 1960s to assess trends. At issue is how various demographic, economic, & policy changes have shaped poverty for all persons & select demographic groups. Contributions provide an overview of developments impacting the level & nature of poverty, focusing on trends in poverty, income inequality, & mobility, & the role of demographic & economic change. US poverty & antipoverty policy are compared to those of other industrial nations. The evolution of understanding underpinning policies designed to ameliorate poverty is examined, highlighting cash & similar transfers, welfare policy, low-income health care provision, & educational policy. Broad social & economic processes bearing on groups, neighborhoods, & communities is explored in terms of housing discrimination & residential segregation, memberships theory & the role of group affiliation in poverty, & inner-city low-income community development. Poverty research & policy issues are touched on, highlighting the dominance of quantitative methods & need to address normative issues regarding social values; the potential for technological developments to affect discrimination; & the relevance of group differences, relationship between poverty & other socioeconomic disadvantage, childrearing practices & child well-being, & policies abroad. Throughout, suggestions for program & policy reform geared toward poverty & income inequality reduction are offered.

Publisher and Ordering Information

Browse | Search : All Pubs | Next