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Race, Poverty, and Domestic Policy

C. Henry


What explains the continuing hardship of so many black Americans? In this book, a group of scholars analyzes the long, complex structural and environmental causes of discrimination and their effects on African-Americans. The chapter examines the impact of poverty, poor health, poor schools, poor housing, poor neighborhoods, and few job opportunities, and demonstrate how multiple causes reinforce each other and condemn African-Americans to positions of inferiority and poverty. Some of the chapters examine policies designed to correct problems, while others look at the changing racial and ethnic ... More

Keywords: black Americans, discrimination, African-Americans, poverty, health, schools, housing, ethnic composition, minorities

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Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780300095418
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300095418.001.0001


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C. Henry, editor

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Part I Economic Inequality and Income Inequality

Part II Issues in Measurement of Inequality and Poverty

3 Measuring Poverty

Daniel H. Weinberg

Part III Structural Causes of African American Poverty

Part IV Critical Factors Militating Against Black Progress: Retrospect and Prospect

8 The Demise of a Dinosaur

Jennifer Hochschild AND Michael N. Danielson

Part V The Differential Impact of Skills on Earnings

14 The Growing Importance of Cognitive Skills in Wage Determination

Richard J. Murnane, John B. Willett, AND Frank Levy

15 Escalating Differences and Elusive “Skills”

Samuel Bowles, Herbert Gintis, AND Robert Szarka

Part VI Racial and Familial Hardship: Welfare Benefits and Welfare Reform

21 Turning Our Backs on the New Deal

Jeffrey Lehman AND Sheldon Danziger

22 Fighting Poverty

Rebecca M. Blank

Part VII Communal Hardship in Black Residential Areas: Crime and Law Enforcement

Part VIII Economic Development of Black Communities

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