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Poor People's Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail
Poor People's Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail
by Frances Fox Piven
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Have the poor fared best by participating in conventional electoral politics or by engaging in mass defiance and disruption? The authors of the classic Regulating The Poor assess the successes and failures of these two strategies as they examine, in this... (read more)

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Flat Broke with Children: Women in the Age of Welfare Reform
Flat Broke with Children: Women in the Age of Welfare Reform
by Sharon Hays
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Hailed as a great success, welfare reform resulted in a dramatic decline in the welfare rolls--from 4.4 million families in 1996 to 2 million in 2003. But what does this "success" look like to the welfare mothers and welfare caseworkers who experienced... (read more)

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Up and Out of Poverty: the Social Marketing Solution (09 Edition)
Up and Out of Poverty: the Social Marketing Solution (09 Edition)
by Philip Kotler
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In this book, legendary marketing expert Philip Kotler and social marketing innovator Nancy Lee consider poverty from a radically different and powerfully new viewpoint: that of the marketer. Kotler and Lee assess each proposed path to poverty reduction,... (read more)

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American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation's Drive to End Welfare
American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation's Drive to End Welfare
by Jason Deparle
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In this definitive work, two-time Pulitzer finalist Jason DeParle cuts between the mean streets of Milwaukee and the corridors of Washington to produce a masterpiece of literary journalism. At the heart of the story are three cousins whose different... (read more)

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Rich and Rest of Us (12 Edition)
Rich and Rest of Us (12 Edition)
by Tavis Smiley
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Record unemployment and rampant corporate avarice, empty houses but homeless families, dwindling opportunities in an increasingly paralyzed nation—these are the realities of 21st-century America, land of the free and home of the new middle class... (read more)

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Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America
Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America
by Jonathan Kozol
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In this powerful and culminating work about a group of inner-city children he has known for many years, Jonathan Kozol returns to the scene of his prize-winning books Rachel and Her Children and Amazing Grace, and to the children he has vividly portrayed,... (read more)

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Almost Home: Helping Kids Move From Homelessness To Hope (12 Edition)
Almost Home: Helping Kids Move From Homelessness To Hope (12 Edition)
by Kevin Ryan
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Inside the lives of homeless teens—moving stories of pain and hope from Covenant House Almost Home tells the stories of six remarkable young people from across the United States and Canada as they confront life alone on the streets. Each eventually... (read more)

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How the Other Half Lives (Penguin Classics)
How the Other Half Lives (Penguin Classics)
by Jacob A Riis
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First published in 1890, Jacob Riis's remarkable study of the horrendous living conditions of the poor in New York City had an immediate and extraordinary impact on society, inspiring reforms that affected the lives of millions of people.... (read more)

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From Poor Law to Welfare State: A History of Social Welfare in America (6th Edition)
From Poor Law to Welfare State: A History of Social Welfare in America (6th Edition)
by Walter I Trattner
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Over twenty-five years and through five editions, Walter I. Trattner's andlt;Iandgt;From Poor Law to Welfare Stateandlt;/Iandgt; has served as the standard text on the history of welfare policy in the United States. The only comprehensive account of... (read more)

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Fire in the Ashes (12 Edition)
Fire in the Ashes (12 Edition)
by Jonathan Kozol
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   In this powerful and culminating work about a group of inner-city children he has known for many years, Jonathan Kozol returns to the scene of his prize-winning books Rachel and Her Children and Amazing Grace, and to the children he has... (read more)

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No Room of Her Own (11 Edition)
No Room of Her Own (11 Edition)
by Desiree Hellegers
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This oral history collection brings together extended interviews with fifteen women who share the common experience of homelessness. While all the interviews were conducted in Seattle, Washington between 1991 and 2008, the women’s stories zigzag... (read more)

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So Rich, So Poor (12 Edition)
So Rich, So Poor (12 Edition)
by Peter Edelman
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Income disparities in our wealthy nation are now wider than at any point since the Great Depression. The structure of todays economy has stultified wage growth for half of Americas workers—with even worse results at the bottom and for people of... (read more)

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When Did I See You Hungry?
When Did I See You Hungry?
by Gerard Thoma Straub
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This book is about poverty and our responsibility to help those who are forced to live on the margins of society. The photographs in this book depict real people—suffering souls whose lives are spent in the harshly cruel prison of poverty. To look... (read more)

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Crossing the Border
Crossing the Border
by Michael Rowe
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The relationship between the homeless and the social service community marks a border where the disenfranchised meet the mainstream of society. Crossing the Border, the first book-length study of outreach work to the mentally ill homeless, uses... (read more)

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Charitable Choices: Religion, Race, and Poverty in the Post-Welfare Era
Charitable Choices: Religion, Race, and Poverty in the Post-Welfare Era
by John P Bartkowski
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Comparative Politics provides a comprehensive, theoretical, and methodological introduction to the field of comparative politics. In the sciences, theory is tested through direct experimentation. In politics, however, social scientists cannot simply... (read more)

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Unlikely Brothers: Our Story of Adventure, Loss, and Redemption
Unlikely Brothers: Our Story of Adventure, Loss, and Redemption
by John Prendergast
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“You don’t look like brothers . . .” Peace activist and cofounder of the Enough Project, John Prendergast is known as a champion of human rights in Africa.  But the not-so-public face of J.P. is the life he’s led as a Big... (read more)

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Riches for the Poor: The Clemente Course in the Humanities
Riches for the Poor: The Clemente Course in the Humanities
by Earl Shorris
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"You've been cheated," Earl Shorris tells a classroom of poor people in New York City. "Rich people learn the humanities; you didn't. . . . It is generally accepted in America that the liberal arts and humanities in particular belong to the elite. I... (read more)

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One Nation, Underprivileged: Why American Poverty Affects Us All
One Nation, Underprivileged: Why American Poverty Affects Us All
by Mark Robert Rank
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- Presents compelling reasons why poverty should be a cause for national concern... (read more)

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Twenty Years at Hull-House (Signet Classics)
Twenty Years at Hull-House (Signet Classics)
by Jane Addams
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Addams's account about the founding and development of her famed settlement house in Chicago's West Side slums stands as the immortal testament of a woman who lived and worked among those in need.... (read more)

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Growing Up Poor: A Literary Anthology
Growing Up Poor: A Literary Anthology
by Robert Coles
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In a land of seemingly plenty, "Growing Up Poor" offers a startling collection of stories, poems and essays about growing up without. The selections range from a young girl's coming of age in the slums of New York, to contemporary stories of urban and... (read more)

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