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Sweet Charity?: Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement

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In this era of eroding commitment to government sponsored welfare programs, voluntarism and private charity have become the popular, optimistic solutions to poverty and hunger. The resurgence of charity has to be a good thing, doesn't it? No, says sociologist Janet Poppendieck, not when stopgap charitable efforts replace consistent public policy, and poverty continues to grow. In Sweet Charity?, Poppendieck travels the country to work in soup kitchens and "gleaning" centers, reporting from the frontlines of America's hunger relief programs to assess the effectiveness of these homegrown efforts. We hear from the "clients" who receive meals too small to feed their families; from the enthusiastic volunteers; and from the directors, who wonder if their "successful" programs are in some way perpetuating the problem they are struggling to solve. Hailed as the most significant book on hunger to appear in decades, Sweet Charity? shows how the drive to end poverty has taken a wrong turn with thousands of well-meaning volunteers on board.

About the Author

Janet Poppendieck is a professor of sociology at Hunter College of the City University of New York and Assistant Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. She is the author of Breadlines Knee Deep in Wheat: Food Assistance in the Great Depression.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter One: Charity for All

Chapter Two: Who Eats Emergency Food?

Chapter Three: The Rise of Emergency Food

Chapter Four: Institutionalization: From Shoestring to Stability

Chapter Five: The Uses of Emergency Food

Chapter Six: The Seductions of Charity

Chapter Seven: What’s Wrong with Emergency Food? The Seven Deadly "Ins"

Chapter Eight: Charity and Dignity

Chapter Nine: The Ultimate Band-Aid

Conclusion

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140245561
Author:
Poppendieck, Janet
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Social Services & Welfare
Subject:
Philanthropy & Charity
Subject:
Charity
Subject:
Public Policy - Social Services & Welfare
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Sociology-Children and Family
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
19990831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
7.74x5.14x.84 in. .67 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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History and Social Science » American Studies » Poverty
History and Social Science » Sociology » Children and Family
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