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Disturbing Contrasts

Mark Robert Rank

in One Nation, Underprivileged

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780195101683
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199894048 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101683.003.0001
Disturbing Contrasts

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This chapter begins with a brief discussion of the reality of poverty in America. It then outlines the purpose of the book, which to provide a radically different perspective on American poverty. It is argued that poverty is the result of systemic failings within the U.S. economic and social structures, that a majority of Americans experience poverty during their adult lifetimes, and that poverty is an issue of vital national concern. In short, the book lays out and details a paradigm for thinking about U.S. poverty that is entirely different from the manner in which this issue has traditionally been thought about. Such a paradigm shift is essential to constructing lasting and effective changes that will reduce the severity, magnitude, and injustice of American poverty. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords: United States; American poverty; poor in America

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