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Table Of Contents

Poverty as a Social Problem
THE PROBLEM OF POVERTY
THE INDIVIDUALISTIC PERSPECTIVE AND THE STRUCTURAL PERSPECTIVE
ORGANIZATION OF THE BOOK
Appendix
INDIVIDUALISTIC THEORIES OF POVERTY AND INEQUALITY
OUR FATE IS IN OUR GENES
The Biogenetic Theory of Poverty and Inequality
GENES, IQ, AND INTELLIGENCE
IS IT BETTER TO BE BORN SMART OR BORN RICH?
THE ORIGINS AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE CULTURAL THEORY
THE CULTURE OF THE POOR
THE SOURCES OF THE CULTURAL DEVIANCE OF THE POOR
THE CULTURAL SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM OF POVERTY
IS THE CULTURAL THEORY PLAUSIBLE?
HOW WELL DOES THE CULTURAL THEORY KNOW THE POOR?
EDUCATION IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS
The Human Capital Theory of Poverty and Inequality
ACQUIRING HUMAN CAPITAL
CONVERTING HUMAN CAPITAL
WHAT YOU KNOW OR WHO YOU ARE?
WHAT YOU KNOW OR WHO YOU KNOW?
WHAT YOU KNOW OR WHERE YOU WORK?
SKILLS DEFICIT OR JOBS DEFICIT?
CONCLUSION
A STRUCTURAL PERSPECTIVE ON POVERTY—FOUR SYSTEMS
THE ECONOMICS OF POVERTY
The Economic System and Poverty
POVERTY AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
SKILL-BIASED TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE
A SHIFT IN THE BALANCE OF ECONOMIC POWER
DEINDUSTRIALIZATION
GLOBALIZATION
CORPORATE RESTRUCTURING
A SHORTAGE OF JOBS
THE POLITICS OF POVERTY
The Political System and Poverty
THE STRUCTURE OF THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SYSTEM
THE POLITICAL MOBILIZATION OF BUSINESS
THE SYNERGY OF MONEY AND POWER
HEARTS AND MINDS
The Cultural System and Poverty
THE AMERICAN DREAM AND THE IDEOLOGY OF INDIVIDUALISM
BELIEFS ABOUT POVERTY AND THE POOR
STRONG INDIVIDUALISM, WEAK STRUCTURALISM
THE NEWS MEDIA
THE RIGHT-WING IDEOLOGY MACHINE
THE RIGHTWARD TURN IN POVERTY DISCOURSE
WE ARE NOT ALONE
The Social System and Poverty
GROUP MEMBERSHIPS
NEIGHBORHOOD EFFECTS
SOCIAL NETWORKS AND SOCIAL CAPITAL
A STRUCTURAL PERSPECTIVE ON POVERTY—TEN OBSTACLES
Structural Obstacles and the Persistence of Poverty (I)
RACIAL AND ETHNIC DISCRIMINATION
RESIDENTIAL SEGREGATION
HOUSING
EDUCATION
TRANSPORTATION
RETIREMENT INSECURITY
LEGAL DEPRIVATION
POVERTY AND POWER
Conclusion
PROGRAMS AND POWER
MOVEMENTS AND POWER
Selected Bibliography
Index
About the Author
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Poverty and Power: The Problem of Structural Inequality

Poverty and Power: The Problem of Structural Inequality

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Most Americans persist in believing that poverty results primarily from individual deficiencies: people are poor because they lack intelligence, determination, and skills. In opposition to this dominant, individualistic view, Poverty and Power proposes that American poverty is a structural problem, resulting from the failings of the political economy, not the failings of the poor. In Poverty and Power Edward Royce argues that the current poverty problem originates from changes in the larger economic, political and cultural landscape and from a corresponding shift in the balance of power that has worked to the advantage of business over labor.
Most Americans persist in believing that poverty results primarily from individual deficiencies: people are poor because they lack intelligence, determination, and skills. In opposition to this dominant, individualistic view, Poverty and Power proposes that American poverty is a structural problem, resulting from the failings of the political economy, not the failings of the poor. In Poverty and Power Edward Royce argues that the current poverty problem originates from changes in the larger economic, political and cultural landscape and from a corresponding shift in the balance of power that has worked to the advantage of business over labor.

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