By Barbara A. Arrighi
Rejecting those that urge a bootstrap method of humans dwelling in severe poverty at the fringe of society, sociologist Barbara Arrighi makes an eloquent, compassionate plea for empathy and collective accountability towards these for whom both the boots or the straps are lacking. This e-book extra bargains suggestions in attention elevating, group collaboration, and proficient, liable public coverage. The ebook is a critique of a process that purports to serve but occasionally impedes the welfare of these who're short of the elemental parts for survival, together with cheap safeguard. It analyzes the structural elements of poverty and the social mental expenses of being bad and missing a house. using interview findings from households who've lived in a safeguard in northern Kentucky and from employees contributors, the ebook examines the degrading results of look after existence on women's self-respect and kid's improvement. instead of an exam of person pathologies resulting in loss of preserve, it facilities on ladies and youngsters residing in shelters and provides a sociological examine of poverty and the family members.
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Extra info for America's Shame: Women and Children in Shelter and the Degradation of Family Roles
The statistics about families' economic circumstances indicate that the rhetoric of politicians and some social scientists is misguided and off the mark. Families are not lacking values so much as they are lacking economic stability. Part II THE SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGICAL EXPERIENCE OF POVERTY AND SHELTER LIFE This page intentionally left blank Chapter 3 Shelter Life and Women's Self-Concept In his study of people without permanent housing, Michael Sosin noted that while many have never held a job, there is evidence that the majority have worked at some point in time.
Unfortunately, rather than attacking systemic economic issues, which are heightened by increasing competition over scarce resources, the national debate focuses on poor individuals lacking personal responsibility. Structural and institutional factors affecting housing availability are intertwined with housing costs. At the individual level, people cope with economic uncertainly in the best way they can. 30 Others stay in apartments because their income or credit history does not qualify them for a home loan.
Little has been done to assuage this nation's families, especially husbands and fathers, many of whom are at a disadvantage educationally, economically, and generationally, as the world they know ceases to exist. Instead, fathers who do not provide financially for their children continue to be publicly chastised. Political and spiritual leaders are not alone in their reprisal of fathers. 29 The tragic reality, as noted several places in this work, is that an ever-smaller proportion of fathers earn enough to do so.
America's Shame: Women and Children in Shelter and the Degradation of Family Roles by Barbara A. Arrighi