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Poverty and place : ghettos, barrios, and the American city

Author: Paul A Jargowsky
Publisher: New York : Russell Sage Foundation, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Today more than eight million Americans live in neighborhoods of extreme economic deprivation, social isolation, and often terrifying violence. The number of ghettos, barrios, and slums in the United States has more than doubled since 1970, and the proportion of the poor who live in them has risen dramatically. Policymakers and the public alike are increasingly concerned about the emergence of an "underclass"
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul A Jargowsky
ISBN: 0871544059 9780871544056 0871544067 9780871544063
OCLC Number: 35029523
Description: xiv, 288 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: ch. 1. Studying neighborhood poverty --
ch. 2. Neighborhood poverty between 1970 and 1990 --
ch. 3. Neighborhood poverty in 1990 --
ch. 4. Characteristics of high-poverty neighborhoods --
ch. 5. Theory and evidence on inner-city poverty --
ch. 6. Analysis of neighborhood poverty --
ch. 7. Chaos or community? directions for public policy.
Responsibility: Paul A. Jargowsky.

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Today more than eight million Americans live in neighborhoods of extreme economic deprivation, social isolation, and often terrifying violence. The number of ghettos, barrios, and slums in the United States has more than doubled since 1970, and the proportion of the poor who live in them has risen dramatically. Policymakers and the public alike are increasingly concerned about the emergence of an "underclass" population in these blighted neighborhoods. Poverty and Place addresses these concerns with a comprehensive investigation into the extent of extreme neighborhood poverty across America and an account of the forces fueling its growth. Poverty and Place documents the geographic spread of the nation's ghettos and shows how economic shifts have had a particularly devastating impact on certain regions, particularly in the "rust-belt" states of the Midwest.

Paul Jargowsky's thoughtful analysis of the causes of ghetto formation clarifies the importance of widespread urban trends, particularly those changes in the labor and housing markets that have fostered income inequity and segregated the rich from the poor. Jargowsky also examines the sources of employment that do exist for ghetto dwellers and describes how education and family structure may limit their prospects. Poverty and Place shows how the spread of high poverty neighborhoods has particularly trapped members of the poor minorities, who account for nearly four out of five ghetto residents. Poverty and Place sets forth the facts necessary to inform the public understanding of the growth of concentrated poverty, and confronts essential questions about how the spiral of urban decay in our nation's cities can be reversed.

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