In a remarkably concise, readable, and accessible format, John Iceland provides a comprehensive picture of poverty in America. He shows how poverty is measured and understood, and how it has changed over time, as well as how public policies have grappled with poverty as a political issue and an economic reality. This edition has been updated and includes a new preface.
Table of Contents
List of Figures List of Tables Acknowledgements Preface to the Second Edition 1. Introduction 2. Early Views of Poverty in America 3. Methods of Measuring Poverty 4. Characteristics of the Poverty Population 5. Causes of Poverty 6. Why Poverty Remains High, Revisited 7. Poverty and Policy 8. Conclusion Appendix: Data and Methods for the Analysis in Chapter 6 Notes References Index
John Iceland is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland and former Branch Chief, Poverty and Health Statistics Branch, Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division, U. S. Census Bureau.