When Work Disappears : The World of the New Urban Poor

When Work Disappears : The World of the New Urban Poor by William Julius Wilson 0679724176 9780679724179
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Wilson, one of our foremost authorities on race and poverty, challenges decades of liberal and conservative pieties to look squarely at the devastating effects that joblessness has had on our urban ghettos. Marshaling a vast array of data and the personal stories of hundreds of men and women, Wilson persuasively argues that problems endemic to Americas inner cities--from fatherless households to drugs and violent crime--stem directly from the disappearance of blue-collar jobs in the wake of a globalized economy. Wilsons achievement is to portray this crisis as one that affects all Americans, and to propose solutions whose benefits would be felt across our society. At a time when welfare is ending and our countrys racial dialectic is more strained than ever,When Work Disappearsis a sane, courageous, and desperately important work. Wilson is the keenest liberal analyst of the most perplexing of all American problems...[This book is] more ambitious and more accessible than anything he has done before. --The New Yorker

Author: William Julius Wilson

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 322

Publisher: Vintage

Publication Date: 1997-07-29


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