ERIC Number: ED358190
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
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The "Underclass" Debate: Views from History.
Katz, Michael B., Ed.
Thirteen papers explore the African American experience of poverty and ghetto formation; forces shaping contemporary urban poverty; and mobility and family strategies among groups differentiated by ethnicity, race, and labor market position. The introduction, "The Urban 'Underclass' as a Metaphor of Social Transformation" (M. B. Katz), is followed by: (1) "Southern Diaspora: Origins of the Northern 'Underclass'" (J. Jones); (2) "Blacks in the Urban North: The 'Underclass Question' in Historical Perspective" (J. W. Trotter, Jr.); (3) "The Structures of Urban Poverty: The Reorganization of Space and Work in Three Periods of American History" (T. J. Sugrue); (4) "Housing the 'Underclass'" (D. W. Bartelt); (5) "The Ethnic Niche and the Structure of Opportunity: Immigrants and Minorities in New York City" (S. Model); (6) "The Emergence of 'Underclass' Family Patterns, 1900-1940" (K. M. Neckerman); (7) "Poverty and Family Composition Since 1940" (M. J. Stern); (8) "Social Science, Social Policy, and the Heritage of African-American Families" (A. T. Miller); (9) "The Black Poor and the Politics of Opposition in a New South City, 1929-1970" (R. D. G. Kelley); (10) "Nineteenth-Century Institutions: Dealing with the Urban 'Underclass'" (E. H. Monkkonen); (11) "Urban Education and the 'Truly Disadvantaged': The Historical Roots of the Contemporary Crisis, 1945-1990" (H. Kantor and B. Brenzel); and (12) "The State, the Movement, and the Urban Poor: The War on Poverty and Political Mobilization in the 1960s" (T. F. Jackson). A conclusion, "Reframing the 'Underclass' Debate" (M. B. Katz), shows how the book points away from considering the pathology of the underclass toward the processes that are increasing it. (SLD)
Descriptors: Blacks, Disadvantaged, Ethnic Groups, Etiology, Family Structure, Immigrants, Low Income Groups, Lower Class, Minority Groups, Political Influences, Poverty, Racial Differences, Social Problems, United States History, Urban Problems, Urban Youth
Princeton University Press, 41 William Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 (cloth--ISBN-0-691-04810-X).
Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
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Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)