ERIC Number: ED065211
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
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Poverty in the Nonmetropolitan South.
Thomas, George; Stewart, Merrilee
The unknowns about nonmetropolitan Southern poverty are systematically addressed by this monograph. The methodology employed isolates and gives equal treatment to 5 causal explanations. The 5 are genetic, culture of poverty, opportunity, maldistribution, and scarce resource explanations. Comprehensive materials are then organized around these explanations as they contribute to nonmetropolitan Southern poverty. It is concluded that nonmetropolitan poverty in the South is not monolithic in nature nor subject to explanation by a single causal thesis. State by state, locality by locality, the data reveal substantial differences in social and age structure, racial composition, employability potential, availability of resources, political climate, and the similarities among and between groups of regional residents living in poverty. This study implies that if planning, program, and research efforts are to be aimed at resolving nonmetropolitan poverty in the South, the urban ghetto mentality of poverty theorists and planners must be brought to an end, that the view that poverty is the result of simultaneously interacting multiple factors must be challenged, and that the implementation of uniform program packages must be supplanted by programming, research, and evaluation uniquely tailored to the assessed characteristics of target localities. (HBC)
Descriptors: Career Opportunities, Cultural Opportunities, Economic Opportunities, Educational Opportunities, Employment Opportunities, Family Characteristics, Family Financial Resources, Family (Sociological Unit), Genetics, Heredity, One Parent Family, Opportunities, Poverty, Poverty Areas, Resources, Rural Areas, Tables (Data)
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Sponsor: Social and Rehabilitation Service (DHEW), Washington, DC. Div. of Research and Demonstration Grants.
Authoring Institution: Regional Inst. of Social Welfare Research, Athens, GA.