Humans are a fantastic resource and we should learn that we will be blessed if we invest in our greatest asset -- our humanity. The next day, Edin found pretext to go back and see her again because she was so worried by what she'd seen of how Ashley was interacting with her baby. They do note that they interviewed more than 20 families total, but this material isn't used here; perhaps it surfaces in a scholarly monograph? It's a fairly depressing read, obviously, albeit not as shocking as the authors expected. And in some places like Denver, rising rents are a big part of the problem. And adding insult to injury. I am seeing a lot of these issues in my area where these workers are trying to get sick time, dependable hours or extended schedules, getting paid for being on call and getting paid for overtime.
We need to reach down to pull up instead of kicking down. So anyone holding down an entry-level job with one of these businesses is unlikely to have a dependable, steady, 40-hour-a-week work schedule that allows him to plan for all the other quotidian stuff that demands time and attention. She is a sociologist who works like an anthropologist, melding numbers and narrative to examine in illuminating detail the lives of poor people all over the United States. Taking sick days was not an option; her boss threatened to fire her if she missed work. But then again, I'm pretty sure they didn't want to be in the position of implying that only certain people should be allowed to have children. Good quotes: How is it that a solid work ethic is not an adequate defense against extreme poverty? It begins promisingly enough with a generalized history of welfare reform.
The authors do recognize that in some instances their Interesting and horrifying. This is a grim, mostly anecdotal look at the poorest of the poor in the United States, interspersed with information about how they got that way. After a warm hug, she would be given a pile of books to shelve, which she would do in short order and with great intensity. They are working when they can, but they're at the ragged edge of the labor market. As the authors point out repeatedly, it's hard for a potential employer to contact you about a job when you don't have an address. We have made great steps toward eliminating poverty around the world—extreme poverty has declined significantly and seems on track to continue to do so in the next decades.
Where do these families live? Of those, 603,000 or 17. And they present multiple streams of data to establish that the families they follow are just a fraction of a large, often invisible demographic of the chronically impoverished and underemployed that spans urban and rural regions and includes people of many ethnic backgrounds. The bottom has fallen out of the labor markets for various reasons. This year, the Forum is on October 20. Edin remembers her as utterly changed by the mere possibility of finding a job. After two decades of brilliant research on American poverty, Kathryn Edin noticed something she hadn't seen since the mid-1990s households surviving on virtually no income. Cell phone so you can apply for jobs? It will make you think twice the next time news media or politicians spin negative on the poor.
A quick and important read, especially given the current political climate. Despite six people living in the unit—Ashley, her baby, her mother, her brother, an elderly uncle, and a young cousin—there was almost no furniture. An eye opening look at those who struggle to survive all around us, with tales of survivors who don't let poverty or abuse define them. I went into this thinking lets just get this over with and all I have to do is remember the major points. But even at the worst times, she would not register for welfare benefits. Having children is a choice in the modern world. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
Most people spend more than a few dollars before heading to work or school. One person reports that if you want to get your loved on to the hospital you must drive to the county line and meet the ambulance from the next county over. Unable to keep up with her rent she was evicted and she and her teenage daughter were forced into a homeless shelter, and despite applying for hundreds of jobs, Modonna remains unemployed. For one project, she and colleague Paula England followed 75 couples for four years, amassing 75,000 pages of transcripts. What were they actually doing to survive? Simply put, in the face of this race to the bottom, it's hard for employers who want to do right by their workers to stay in the game. Still, when compiled, the book makes an incredibly strong and compelling case for desperately necessary reform. Again, books on poverty appear to be geared to an audience that can't or won't do basic math.
Not the reaction I'm sure the writers were hoping. After two decades of brilliant research on American poverty, Kathryn Edin noticed something she hadn't seen since the mid-1990s -- households surviving on virtually no income. I have yet to write my library review, but cannot say enough about this book. What is it about them that you can relate to? Perhaps most important, they can help struggling families feel they are part of society instead of cast aside by it. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015. That's about one of every 25 families with children living in a kind of poverty so deep that most Americans don't think it even exists here.
How is the richest country in the world still have this going on. The stories definitely pulled at the heartstrings. Honestly, a few pages in I was thinking. The end result is that many are left only periodically employed. It seems like a lot of people want to blame the poor for being poor and accuse them of being stupid, selfish and lazy. Where do these families live? Kids can net parents food stamps, but that's not cash. She knew from Ashley that no one in the household had a job, nor was anyone receiving public cash assistance.
It is relatively short and easy-to-read, and backs up its claims, figures, and statistics with 22 pages of endnotes. The E-mail message field is required. Of those living on 2 dollars a day in America, 70% have worked in the last year, often victims of wage theft, a practice that costs American workers more than all the burglaries, larceny, auto thefts, and theft in general in the nation per year. The narratives revealed the lives within the data. What seem I'm not as enthusiastic as other readers of this book, though I do agree that it addresses an extremely important topic.
First, it focuses primarily on people with children. It wasn't as dry as it could have been and much more truthful than how I would have written it! By 21 she had a daughter to support and the deteriorating health of a much older person. Modonna Harris and her teenage daughter Brianna in Chicago often have no food but spoiled milk on weekends. Either way they came up short. How did they get so desperately poor? This book makes some really important points. Also no mention of enforcing landlord maintenance of existing housing.