Synopses & Reviews
EXPERIENCING POVERTY is unique in its comprehensive understanding of poverty. The readings incorporate the experiences of the impoverished in many situations, including people who are homeless, housed, working, non-working, single, married, urban, rural, born in the United States, first generation Americans, young and old. Most significantly, the crucial dimensions of inequality - race and gender - are interwoven throughout the selected readings.
About the Author
D. Stanley Eitzen (Ph.D., University of Kansas, 1968) is professor emeritus in sociology from Colorado State University. He is author or co-author of 17 books, many of which are in multiple editions. His books that fit with this book are: SOCIAL PROBLEMS, 8th Edition., (Allyn and Bacon, 2000); SOLUTIONS TO SOCIAL PROBLEMS: LESSONS FROM OTHER SOCIETIES, 2nd Edition., (Allyn and Bacon, 2001); PATHS TO HOMELESSNESS: EXTREME POVERTY AND THE URBAN HOUSING CRISIS (Westview, 1994); and THE RESHAPING OF AMERICA (Prentice-Hall, 1989). His major research interests are social problems, social inequality (race/class/gender/sexuality), families, power, and sport. Kelly Eitzen Smith (Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1999) is adjunct professor of sociology and assistant director of the Center for Applied Sociology at the University of Arizona. Her dissertation, under the direction of David A. Snow, was an ethnography of homeless women. While a graduate student she was part of a large research project where she interviewed the homeless in Detroit, Philadelphia, and Tucson. She has done extensive volunteer work in homeless shelters in Tucson. Her sociological interests are gender, social inequality, and social movements.
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"I don?t know of anywhere else where I could go to get such compelling readings from the ?bottom up? across a range of topics related to poverty as I can here. It brings a very human dimension to the exploration of poverty." "The book offers one of the best discussions of poverty that I have seen. The voices come through loud and clear. Hearing the triumphs and tragedy make it possible for readers to see and feel how poor individuals struggle to keep their dignity and sanity. It is a book that all students interested in social problems should read. It can change your worldview. The authors clearly have a critical leaning, but they do not use the book to push their own agenda. They make an effort to present information and let t "This book offers a perspective that is much needed; one that can only be gotten now through a single-issue monograph, or an occasional chapter or reference in a more standard social problems text."