As this century draws to a close and the new one approaches, the United States is still struggling with serious and persistent social problems. These troubling dilemmas, including poverty, homelessness, discrimination, and severe inequity, afflict some subgroups of the population more than others, and it is the plight of these at-risk groups. This book provides keen and powerful insights into the problems affecting the "disadvantaged" populations of this nation. The contributors’ informed perspectives are critically important if we are to comprehend the scale and complexity of the obstacles to achieving an "equitable society" in the twenty-first century.
Preface -- Beyond “Race and Culture”: American Underclasses in the Late Twentieth Century -- Society at Risk in a Society of Organizations -- Social Security and the Construction of an Underclass in the United States -- Poverty and Public Policy in the 1990s -- Inside/Outside: The Dialectics of Homelessness -- Deviance and Human Nature -- Mothers at Risk: The War on Poor Women and Children -- Successful Early Interventions for Children at High Risk for Failure in School -- Native Americans and the Demographic Legacy of Contact -- Sites of Danger and Risk: African Americans Return to the Rural South