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Family Poverty in Diverse Contexts

1st Edition

Edited by C. Anne Broussard, Alfred L. Joseph


228 pages

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Family Poverty in Diverse Contexts addresses the context of poverty in the United States and focuses on poverty issues that family members must confront as they move through the life course.

This edited collection provides a unique perspective that draws together macro and micro research about how poverty affects families throughout their lives, increasing risks and reducing opportunities at every stage. Individual chapters emphasize the context of poverty in the United States, then go on to examine specific life cycle stages and what happens when poverty intersects with family concerns. Contributing authors are respected experts in their fields and represent a broad range of disciplines and perspectives including child development, community health, education, family studies, gerontology, disability, public policy, social work and sociology.

Family Poverty in Diverse Contexts includes a range of pedagogical features to enhance learning such as exercises and discussions relating to each chapter, which will encourage readers to think critically and apply the knowledge to their own lives. It will interest students, academics and researchers of sociology, family studies, social work and health as well as other related disciplines.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Poverty Context - C. Anne Broussard and Alfred L. Joseph Cross-Sections of Oppression and Poverty 2. "Greed is Good": The Idle Rich, The Working Poor and Personal Responsibility - Keith Kilty 3. Women in a Bind: The Decline of Marriage, Market and the State - Mimi Abramovitz 4. Life After Welfare - Karen Seccombe 5. The Dynamics of Poverty in Rural and Urban Areas - Karen Slovak and Karen Carlson 6. Hispanic Families in Poverty: The Hidden Contribution of Immigrants - Robert Aponte and Carrie E. Foote Poverty Across the Life Span: Change, Crisis and Resilience 7. Family Poverty, Welfare Reform and Child Development - Elizabeth A. Segal and Michael D. Niles 8. Childhood Disability, Poverty and Family Life: A Complex Relationship - Patrick Shannon 9. Foster Care and Families Apart: Poverty, Placement and Potential - Carrie Jefferson Smith 10. Poverty and Educational - Alfred L. Joseph and Tammy Anne Schwartz 11. Going It Alone: Single Motherhood and Poverty - C. Anne Broussard 12. Old and Poor: America’s Hidden Problem – L. Rene Bergeron Rethinking Family Poverty 13. Poverty, Stress, Resilience: Using the MRM Model for Understanding and Abating Poverty Related Family Stress - Charles Hennon, W. Sean Newsome, Gary W. Peterson, Stephan Wilson, M. Elise Radina and Bruno Hildenbrand 14. Poverty Policy and Ideology - Katharine Briar-Lawson and Sandra Austin

About the Editors

C. Anne Broussard is a sociologist and Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of New Hampshire, USA.

Alfred L. Joseph is Associate Professor in the Department of Family Studies and Social Work at Miami University, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Health Care Delivery
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Services & Welfare
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Poverty & Homelessness