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  1. says:

    This is a depressing account of many individuals who are afflicted with poverty and are with exceptions unable to escape The book provides considerable ammunition for the view that the poor are kept there by an uncaring and hostile society From the tales and analyses emerge nuggets of potential policy directions For instance there

  2. says:

    A manager at Barnes Nobles told me that this was a great book because it shifted blame for the problems of the poor onto the poor thus holding them accountable and providing room for personal responsibility Hardly a compelling case for me So f

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    I often get into discussions with my father in law about the state of the nation problems facing workers and companies and especially the role of the government My father in law will often say the phrase People just need to work harder in response to my ueries about how to get people out of poverty or dead end jobs Well

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    If you don't know much about poverty this book may prove useful to you but go in with eyes open Shipler is at his best when he's letting the poor folks he speaks to speak for themselves However he is very much a liberal and while he's talkin

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    Summary Poverty is caused by complex interactions between personal and societalbusinessgovernmental failures The poor are affected strongly by small mistakesmisfortunes that snowball due to lack of safety net The most heinous problems to me were sexual abusedomestic violence p 162 At the extremes of the debate

  6. says:

    I liked this book pretty well The author spent a lot of time talking with people of different races and backgrounds about their poverty and also with social workers who help them and with their employers Poverty was self imposed in all cases These people dropped out of school had a stack of illegitimate kids they couldn't support

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    This book is not what you would call a pick me upper I had to set it down sometimes and come back to the stories of so many families fighting on so many fronts It was exhausting to read about the way so many have to fight just to stay above water and hold their families together or wishing sometimes they would let some parts of the family go It was a reminder that if you are able to spend time reading books for fun mu

  8. says:

    The Working Poor is one of my longest outstanding reviews and in the interest of continuing my review every book streak I'm going to hop back in time and say a few things My remembrance has dulled slightly but I still had a bunch of uotes saved so this review will be heavy on extracts with minor commentary from me This is why writ

  9. says:

    this is a very good book to read if you know a little about the policy problems facing the working poor and want to get a better idea of the human stories of people affected by them or if you don't know anything about the daily lives of the working poor and need a good illustration of the thicket of problems tr

  10. says:

    Although there weren't any astonishing revelations and I'm not sure that's even possible with this subject matter the author did an excellent job of conveying the fragile interrelationships between education housing health upbringing transportation health insurance etc and how one problem can trigger a devastating financ

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The Working Poor Invisible in America

As David K Shipler makes clear in this powerful humane study the invisible poor are engaged in the activity most respected in American ideology hard honest work But their version of the American Dream is a nightmare low paying dead end jobs; the profound failure of government to improve upon decaying housing health care and education; the failure of families to break the patterns of child abuse and substance abuse Shipler exposes the interlocking probl This is a depressing account of many individuals who are afflicted with poverty and are with exceptions unable to escape The book provides considerable ammunition for the view that the poor are kept there by an uncaring and hostile society From the tales and analyses emerge nuggets of potential policy directions For instance there is attention given to the disparity in spending for schooling based on local real estate valuation Certainly centralizing revenues and then distributing them according to actual need would be a preferable way to address such imbalances He also provides much detail about the hurdles faced by the working poor when they try to get social services the authorA couple of possible ideas popped to me from this First a centralized data system that took in all information and then generated matching programs with completed applications ID cards authorizations whatever would make it possible for those in need to do one stop shopping Another small idea would be to add or increase in cases where it does not already exist night time hours for social service agencies so that people need not take off from work in order to come in Shipler makes it clear that dysfunction in families is a major factor in poverty and it may be that in many cases all the social services in the world will not effect change But overall it remains clear that needs are great and society is not adeuately focused on how to bring the poor further into a middle class mainstream This is gripping heart rending stuff and things have only gotten worse with ten years of assaults on the needy A must read for anyone seriously into public welfare policyEXTRA STUFFThe author s blog The Shipler Report FB and Twitter pagesA list of Shipler s articles for New Yorker magazine

CHARACTERS The Working Poor Invisible in America

Ion's capital each life another aspect of a confounding far reaching urgent national crisis And unlike mostworks on poverty this one delves into the calculations of some employers as well their razor thin profits their anxieties about competition from abroad their frustrations in finding ualified workersThis impassioned book not only dissects the problems but makes pointed informed recommendations for change It is a book that stands to make a differenc this is a very good book to read if you know a little about the policy problems facing the working poor and want to get a better idea of the human stories of people affected by them or if you don t know anything about the daily lives of the working poor and need a good illustration of the thicket of problems trapping them in povertyhowever if you are looking for a systemic analysis of which policies and procedures create this poverty trap and perpetuate these conditions this is not the book for you while it gave me an extremely vivid and personal view into the lives of many individuals and families struggling with poverty in the US because of different reasons disability poor education substandard housing sexual abuse domestic violence etc but does little to discuss how we can best address ameliorate or eliminate these problemsi have really mixed feelings about these kinds of books certainly when i hear poverty discussed in political terms especially by conservatives there is little acknowledgement of the extremely limiting effect of the interlocking systems and policies of oppression and deprivation so it s nice to have such a clear illustration of why lack of health insurance can prevent someone from getting a job on the other hand the focus on the individual reinforces a sense that poverty should be addressed on the individual level the book details how church networks managed to keep several individuals from becoming homeless or hungry thus implying expansion of that level of charitable programming as a solutioni wanted to read big picture ideas that prevent people from getting to this state that address the systemic problems and there was not a lot of that in this book

READ ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Î David K. Shipler

Ems by taking us into the sorrowful infuriating courageous lives of the poor white and black Asian and Latino citizens and immigrants We encounter them every day for they do jobs essential to the American economyWe meet drifting farmworkers in North Carolina exploited garment workers in New Hampshire illegal immigrants trapped in the steaming kitchens of Los Angeles restaurants addicts who struggle into productive work from the cruel streets of the nat I liked this book pretty well The author spent a lot of time talking with people of different races and backgrounds about their poverty and also with social workers who help them and with their employers Poverty was self imposed in all cases These people dropped out of school had a stack of illegitimate kids they couldn t support got involved in crime used alcohol and drugs and even when they got jobs they d just fail to go in to work or orientations and not call in They made bad life choices and never learned from them I felt horrible for the women who had been abused as kids and teens but hey I too suffered physical emotional and sexual abuse but did not drop out of school I have a high school diploma a bachelor s degree and a master s degree all earned with honors from fully accredited schools I did not have any children out of wedlock I refused to get involved with or marry an abusive man I have never smoked drunk alcohol or used illegal drugs nor abused legal ones These women just did differently and locked themselves into misery I am sorry for them but I have no respect for anyone who hates what went on before then continues through life to keep making the same stupid mistakes I felt no pity for the illegal aliens They had no right to come here so as far as I am concerned they deserve whatever horrible things that happen to them I do feel for legal immigrants however This is easy to read without jargon It is full of personal stories and I liked the book

  • Paperback
  • 352
  • The Working Poor Invisible in America
  • David K. Shipler
  • English
  • 02 April 2019
  • 9780375708213

About the Author: David K. Shipler

David K Shipler reported for The New York Times from 1966 to 1988 in New York Saigon Moscow Jerusalem and Washington He is the author of four other books including the best sellers Russia and The Working Poor and Arab and Jew which won the Pulitzer Prize He has been a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and has