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Titel: Social Solutions to Poverty: America's Struggle to Build a Just Society
Autor/en: Scott Myers-Lipton, Charles C. Lemert

ISBN: 1594512108
EAN: 9781594512100
Sprache: Englisch.
PARADIGM PUBL

Juli 2006 - gebunden - 345 Seiten

Beschreibung

The voices of famous and lesser known figures in America's quest to reduce poverty are collected for the first time in this comprehensive historical anthology. The book traces the most important ideas and contributions of citizens, activists, labor leaders, scholars, politicians, and governmental agencies to ensure American citizens the basics of food, housing, employment, education, and health care.The book follows the idea of poverty reduction from Thomas Paine's agrarian justice to Josiah Quincy's proposal for the construction of poorhouses; from the Freedmen's Bureau to Sitting Bull's demand for money and supplies; from Coxey's army of the unemployed to Jane Addams's Hull House; from the Civil Works Administration to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s call for an Economic Bill of Rights; and from William Julius Wilson's universal program of reform to George W. Bush's armies of compassion.You can learn more about the book at http: //www.solvingpoverty.com.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

1. Native American Contributions to Egalitarianism 2. The Early Republic and Antebellum America: Moral Cures, Poorhouses, and Structural Solutions 3. After the Civil War: The Rise of Labor and Scientific Charity 4. The (Un) Progressive Era; The Great Depression and the New Deal Era 5. The War on Poverty 6. The Dismantling of the Great Society and New Deal: Contemporary Solutions

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Scott Myers-Lipton, Associate Professor at San Jose State University, is the author of Social Solutions to Poverty: America's Struggle to Build a Just Society (Paradigm 2006), as well as numerous scholarly articles on civic engagement, education, and racism. For the past 20 years, Myers-Lipton has helped students examine solutions to poverty by taking them to live at homeless shelters, the Navajo and Lakota nations, Kingston, Jamaica and the Gulf Coast. He is also the cofounder of the Gulf Coast Civic Works Campaign. He is the recipient of the Mover of Mountains Award from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Santa Clara County and the Manuel Vega Latino Empowerment Award. He lives with his wife, Diane, and his two children, in the Santa Cruz mountains, where they are the proprietors of the Sequoia Retreat Center, a meeting space dedicated to individual and social transformation. Catalog Author Bio Scott Myers-Lipton, Associate Professor at San Jose State University, is the author of Social Solutions to Poverty: America's Struggle to Build a Just Society (Paradigm 2006), as well as numerous scholarly articles on civic engagement, education, and racism. Charles Lemert is Andrus Professor of Sociology at Wesleyan University, Connecticut. He is the author of Durkeim's Ghosts (2006).

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Scott J. Myers-Lipton has compiled an impressive array of articles on the social context of poverty in the United States and on the various plans and proposals to alleviate human suffering. His unique volume could become a standard reference not only for scholars and students who study poverty, but also for policymakers and citizens seeking realistic solutions. -- William Julius Wilson, Louis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, Harvard University Social Solutions to Poverty: America's Struggle to Build a Just Society is one of those rare books that should be bought, read, kept, and used again and again. It is not only an unsettling story of poverty and the attempts to relieve it, but a reference work that teachers, students, and serious thinkers of whatever station will want to keep close at hand. -- Dr. Charles Lemert, Wesleyan University At a time in which scholarly policy work often has become divorced from the acute reality of pain and suffering, Myers-Lipton has delivered up a treatise that harkens back to Michael Harrington's moving wake-up call, "The Other America." -- J. Larry Brown
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