Introduction: Living Poverty

Jill Duerr Berrick

in Faces of Poverty

Published in print May 1997 | ISBN: 9780195113754
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893546 | DOI:
Introduction: Living Poverty

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This chapter begins with a brief discussion of how most Americans are insulated from the poor, and how the likelihood that people from different classes and races will mix in churches or parks is diminishing each year, because poor people shop in different stores, travel on different streets, eat in different restaurants, and because their children attend different — usually substandard — schools. The chapter then lays out the purpose of the book, which is about the reality of welfare, designed to dispel some of the myths about the welfare population and to offer solutions to a perplexing American dilemma.

Keywords: welfare; poor Americans; poverty

Chapter.  941 words. 

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