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The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the…

The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy

by William Julius Wilson

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"Renowned American sociologist William Julius Wilson takes a look at the social transformation of inner city ghettos, offering a sharp evaluation of the convergence of race and poverty. Rejecting both conservative and liberal interpretations of life in the inner city, Wilson offers essential information and a number of solutions to policymakers. The Truly Disadvantaged is a wide-ranging examination, looking at the relationship between race, employment, and education from the 1950s onwards, with surprising and provocative findings. This second edition also includes a new afterword from Wilson himself that brings the book up to date and offers fresh insight into its findings."--Publisher's website.… (more)



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  BmoreMetroCouncil | Feb 9, 2017 |
A classic contribution to the debate on urban poverty in America in which Wilson argued forcefully for the need to recognize the importance of structural factors in the difficulties faced by poor, inner-city African Americans. Still required reading for anyone interested in urban policy, poverty, or race in the USA, although it doesn't seem quite as fresh as it once did, simply because it was so influential and many of the ideas that he presents have become an accepted part of the conventional wisdom. My only complaint about this book is that it seems somewhat disjointed. Much of the content was initially published in article form, and while it was revised, more effort could definitely have gone into pulling things together into smoother, more unified argument. ( )
  abbistani | Oct 9, 2009 |
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A micracle of common sense [delineating] a policy for the next era of American reform.
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The Truly Disadvantaged should spur critical rethinking in many quarters about the causes and potential remedies for inner-city poverty. As policy makers grapple with the problems of an enlarged underclass, they—as well as community leaders and concerned Americans of all races—would be well advised to examine Mr. Wilson's incisive analysis.
added by GYKM | editThe New York Times Book Review, Robert Greenstein
Required reading for anyone, presidential candidate or private citizen, who really wants to address the growing plight of the black urban underclass.
added by GYKM | editWashington Post Book World, David J. Garrow
Wilson has asked the hard questions, he had done his homework, and he has dared to speak unpopular truths.
added by GYKM | editLost Angeles Times Book Review, David Bensman
Must reading' for civil-rights leaders, leaders of advocacy organizations for the poor, and for elected officials in our major urban centers.
added by GYKM | editJournal of Negro Education, Bernard C. Watson
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