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Sweet charity? :emergency food and the end of entitlement

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An inside look at America's volunteer network and its determined but frustrated drive to end hunger — amidst the largest gap between rich and poor in our nation's history

Our country is changing its collective attitude toward poverty. Government support is out; volunteerism, workfare, and private charity are in — with a vengeance. Sociologist Janet Poppendieck studies this watershed through the lens of emergency food programs. Traveling the country to work in soup kitchens and "gleaning" centers, the author puts faces on these volunteers and the recipients of their good works. Sweet Charity? reports from the front line: from the "clients", who endure endless humiliations for meals too small to feed their families, and the well-meaning volunteers, whose enthusiasm cannot overcome the underlying causes of all the misery they witness, to the directors who find their homegrown programs becoming more and more "successful" while wondering if they are not in some way contributing to the very problem they're working so hard to solve.

Timely and provocative, Sweet Charity? is the most persuasive argument in recent years that America cannot win a war on poverty with stopgap measures and empty rhetoric.

Book News Annotation:

Argues that emergency food programs are hastening the substitution of private charity for public supports. Poppendieck (former Director of the Center for the Study of Family Policy, Hunter College) believes that the "resurgence of charity is at once a symptom and a cause of our society's failure to face up to and deal with the erosion of equality." She concludes that America cannot win a war on poverty with halfway measures and feel-good projects. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews@booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670880201
Subtitle:
Emergency Food and the End of Welfare
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Author:
Poppendieck, Janet
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
Social Services & Welfare
Subject:
Food relief
Subject:
Philanthropy & Charity
Subject:
Charities
Subject:
Voluntarism
Subject:
Voluntarism -- United States.
Subject:
General Social Science
Publication Date:
19980801
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
6.36 x 9.28 x 1 in 1.21 lb

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