When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor

When Work Disappears The World of the New Urban Poor Wilson one of our foremost authorities on race and poverty challenges decades of liberal and conservative pieties to look squarely at the devastating effects that joblessness has had on our urban gh

  • Title: When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor
  • Author: William Julius Wilson
  • ISBN: 9780679724179
  • Page: 138
  • Format: Paperback
  • Wilson, one of our foremost authorities on race and poverty, challenges decades of liberal and conservative pieties to look squarely at the devastating effects that joblessness has had on our urban ghettos Marshaling a vast array of data and the personal stories of hundreds of men and women, Wilson persuasively argues that problems endemic to America s inner cities from fWilson, one of our foremost authorities on race and poverty, challenges decades of liberal and conservative pieties to look squarely at the devastating effects that joblessness has had on our urban ghettos Marshaling a vast array of data and the personal stories of hundreds of men and women, Wilson persuasively argues that problems endemic to America s inner cities from fatherless households to drugs and violent crime.Wilson s achievement is to portray this crisis as one that affects all Americans, and to propose solutions whose benefits would be felt across our society At a time when welfare is ending and our country s racial dialectic is strained than ever.

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    1. This is 20 years old now, but really is the backdrop and the alarm call to both Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City and Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis of this last year, even though the focus in on the urban poor. I was reminded of this by a recent GRs comment about Hillbilly Elegy and how "income and outcome" are extricably linked in a causal fashion! Wilson's surveys clearly show that no jobs or poor jobs lead to dysfunction in all other parts of the l [...]

    2. The urban poor are happy to take welfare, never work, commit crimes, do drugs, etc. Sound familiar? People love to tout this idea of the urban poor, based on anecdotes, popular TV and movies, and some media approaches. However, Wilson describes, quite convincingly, a world of the urban poor who yearn for the "American Dream" like the rest of us, who want to work, contribute to society, and make their lives (and their children's lives) better, but are simply unable to do so.This book can get dry [...]

    3. This sociological study was published in the late '90s. It explores the effects of mass joblessness in urban, grossly impoverished, minority neighborhoods/communities as the economy shifted from a manufacturing to a service base in the U.S. between the '70s and '90s (and as globalization began to take hold). I read it now because I thought it might provide useful insights, given that we are clearly on the cusp of a transition from a service-based economy to a largely jobless economy, as artifici [...]

    4. This is an admirable attempt to explain what Wilson calls the structural problems besetting Chicago's inner-city black residents & and to proffer remedies for those problems. I've read this book several times over the last 20 years and with the passing of those years I find myself increasingly unpersuaded of Wilson's diagnosis of the problem(s)--beginning with his notion that it should be understood as structural. Joe Klein wrote a very good, negative 4200-word review of this book in The New [...]

    5. William Julius Wilson has made arguably the greatest scholarly contributions to the problem of the urban poor of any academic in the last quarter century. Wilson has convincingly demonstrated a spatial mismatch between jobs and the poor who need them, he has highlighted the consequences of the marked changes in out-of-wedlock births and the decline in two-parent families, and he has shown the connection between trends in family formation and joblessness. All the while, Wilson has insisted on cla [...]

    6. Using statistics and illustrative interviews, Wilson presents a clear-sighted assessment of the class he designates the urban poor. He expertly balances multiple strands - joblessness, welfare, discrimination, family unity, public education, drug use, motivation, social bonds - in painting a picture of "ghetto" reality. The result is grim and the solutions he presents in the last sections of the book are even further off today than when this book was published well over a decade ago, but the boo [...]

    7. the content is a little statistics heavy, which can be monotonous to read at times, and that's what bumped it down a star for me. otherwise, the book is a very interesting look at the factors that contribute to the makeup of the urban poor. contrary to popular belief, those factors are not made up 100% by "bad choices" or a "lack of values." the author contends, quite convincingly, that unequal access to jobs, housing, basic & supplemental services, and educational opportunities are major pl [...]

    8. A dry pedestrian read which states the obvious -- unemployment and under education are the cause of urban poverty. In some ways, the book is in your face -- for example the 40% drop in real income for unskilled workers from pre-Reagan to post-Reagan. A closer look at the institutional contributions both gov't and corporate would have provided a narrower focus.

    9. If you have ever wondered why the segregated neighborhoods of America are rampant with crime, drug use, misguided youth and joblessness, Wilson's work offers some answers. Best taken in small doses.

    10. This is an incredible book. It describes the economic conditions of people trying to makes ends meet in a world where work is scarce. The moral compromises, the failure of the economic and political system to address this and the social circumstances and results. Very good.

    11. This is an excellent, fact based, academically approached discussion on race and poverty in the United States. From my vantage point, the conclusions through the book were not particularly eye-opening, but I recognize that for some it might be. This leads me to the comment that I always make about books addressing social policy. The people who need to read this book, those who continue to spew harsh judgments and can be well versed to influence politicians and public opinion, are unfortunately n [...]

    12. It is an intellectual paradox that living in a society that has been a sea of unemployment, American poverty researchers have concentrated their research interests on the work motivation of the poor rather than on the cyclical nature of employment in the United States. - William Julius WilsonIn the promotion of social rights today, it is important to appreciate that the poor and the working classes of all racial groups struggle to make ends meet, and even the middle class has experienced a decli [...]

    13. When I first read this book i thought it was fine. It gave a really clear depiction of how racism divided America between the urban poor and affluent white suburbia. It talks about how this divide literally separates the urban poor from jobs out in the suburbs. It goes into great detail of how companies left our cities taking jobs with them and leaving the urban poor with nothing. I thought it was a thorough and eye opening look at the cause of poverty in America.But Tim Wise's book Colorblind i [...]

    14. William Julius Wilson’s When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor argues that all the problems we associate with the ghetto (e.g. crime, the drug trade) stem from deindustrialization and the subsequent unemployment, as well as government policies favoring the suburbs over the cities. Wilson also examines the role of such factors as: attitudes, family structure, and race. Furthermore, Wilson also offers a comparative analysis of European and American attitudes about poverty, as well [...]

    15. William Julius Wilson is a towering intellectual in the field of sociology who tackles the issues of poverty and joblessness with rigor. His critique of both the liberal and conservative view points about urban youth and the lack of jobs are insightful. He offers pragmatic alternative solutions for both the ordinary citizen and policy-maker to challenge the modern polity. Even Adam Smith would had shuddered at the thought of an economy that might produced mass unemployment and create an undercla [...]

    16. Though the book may be slightly dated by now, as an overview of the structural failings that have led to the development of high-poverty neighbourhoods Wilson's work is as fascinating as it is depressing. He is careful to draw on as much empirical research as possible (which albeit probably lends to the slight dryness in his tone), and I particularly like is emphasis on balancing cultural and structural factors. His policy recommendations, while definitely well thought out and nuanced seemed to [...]

    17. This is a good book to read if you are curious about poverty and inner city ghettos. The author is a demographer, so he includes a lot of statistics. There are also a lot of qoutes from people who live in these situations. I wouldn't have read it if it hadn't been assigned for a class, but I would say I have a better understanding of what causes poverty and the problems associated with it and what can be done to alleviate it.

    18. Some really bizarre syntax, semantics, and reasoning--including an implicit denial that internalized racism can exist and a number of arguments I truly could not follow--but worth reading, not least for the rich interview and other data included.

    19. A very good look at class struggle, income disparity, and the dynamic of changing neighborhoods because of "white flight."I recommend this to anyone who is remotely interested in urban issues, and wanting to see change in American society.

    20. Great overview of what makes urban areas appear and how they are formulated. Great read for those interested in present day urban studies and great overview of the history. Another surprising good read. Although, this isn't a beach or vacation read for sure. :)

    21. Wilson wrote this book 19 years ago, but it's still worth a serious read. For fans of The Wire, David Simon has said in several interviews that Wilson's book influenced how he and his team wrote Season Two of the show.

    22. This book was written in 1996 and it is amazing how little has changed in terms of the economic prospects of the unskilled and even of the middle class. It remains to be seen whether better health insurance coverage will address some of the drawbacks to moving off welfare and into the workforce.

    23. Sheds light on the incredible challenge surrounding employment/unemployment in central-city areas. Think twice before saying "get a job" as it's not that easy. The historical perspective on white flight to the suburbs and the real definition of "ghetto"

    24. I am only just now reading this book, but I'm hooked. It's very accessible, and not too academic despite the subject.

    25. Enjoyed the discussion of structural causes of poverty, but disagree with his lack of emphasis on racial discrimination and some of his examination of behavior.

    26. poverty is a social construct and sadly, as long as we live in a capitalistic society--poverty is seemingly a needed aspect.

    27. Read chapter two for a grad class. Wilson covered many factors that contributed to the poverty and isolation of Blacks in inner-cities. Text was pretty heavy, read like a research article.

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