Persistent poverty : the American dream turned nightmare / Richard H. Ropers ; foreword by Wayne K. Hinton.

By: Ropers, Richard HMaterial type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Plenum Press, c1991Description: xvi, 251 p. ; 22 cmISBN: 0306437643; 9780306437649Subject(s): Poor -- United States | Homelessness -- United States | United States -- Economic conditions -- 1981-2001 | United States -- Social conditions -- 1980- | Poverty | United StatesDDC classification: 362.5/0973 LOC classification: HC110.P6 | R65 1991Other classification: 71.68
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The 1980s saw an unprecedented upward redistribution of wealth in the US. Axiomatically, since the "pie" did not get much larger, the poor became both poorer and more numerous. Ropers does a fine job in describing how and why this upward shift in wealth and income occurred, who has been most adversely affected by it, and what the consequences of poverty are for those enmeshed in it and for American society generally. The major point of the book, though, is a thorough debunking of various "blame the victims" explanations of poverty, so much a part of conservative ideology. Ropers presents several variants of "blame the system" explanations that, if not compelling, seem vastly more plausible than the "blame the victim" approaches. This is a solid, readable book. Because the issues it addresses and the points it makes are fairly basic, the book is best suited for those seeking an introduction to poverty in America. There is, however, statistical information here that is probably new to advanced students who might also profit from reading Kevin Phillips's The Politics of Rich and Poor (1990). In spite of his conservative credentials, Phillips nonetheless makes many of the same points that Roper does, and Phillips's analytical elegance and theoretical insights are unmatched by Ropers. Tables, photographs. -K. Hadden, University of Connecticut

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