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Call # HC110.P6 S48 2004
Author Shipler, David K., 1942-
Title The working poor : invisible in America / David K. Shipler
Imprint New York : Knopf, 2004
Edition 1st ed
Book Cover


Descript. xii, 319 p. ; 25 cm
Summary/Abstract "As David K. Shipler makes clear in this study, the invisible poor are engaged in the activity most respected in American ideology - hard, honest work. But their version of the American Dream is a nightmare: low paying, dead-end jobs; the profound failure of government to improve upon decaying housing, health care, and education; the failure of families to break the patterns of child abuse and substance abuse. Shipler exposes the interlocking, problems by taking us into the sorrowful, infuriating, courageous lives of the poor - white and black, Asian and Latino, citizens and immigrants. We encounter them every day, for they do jobs essential to the American economy." "We meet drifting farmworkers in North Carolina, exploited garment workers in New Hampshire, illegal immigrants trapped in the steaming kitchens of Los Angeles restaurants, addicts who struggle into productive work from the cruel streets of the nation's capital - each life another aspect of a confounding, far-reaching urgent national crises. And unlike most works on poverty, this one delves into the calculations of some employers as well - their razor-thin profits, their anxieties about competition from abroad, their frustrations in finding qualified workers."--BOOK JACKET
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 301-306) and index
Subject Poor -- United States
Working poor -- United States
Working class -- United States -- Economic conditions
Working class -- United States -- Finance, Personal
Cost and standard of living -- United States
Wages -- United States
Income -- United States
Debt -- United States
OCLC # 52455386
Table of Contents
 Introduction: At the Edge of Poverty3
Ch. 1Money and Its Opposite13
Ch. 2Work Doesn't Work39
Ch. 3Importing the Third World77
Ch. 4Harvest of Shame96
Ch. 5The Daunting Workplace121
Ch. 6Sins of the Fathers142
Ch. 7Kinship174
Ch. 8Body and Mind201
Ch. 9Dreams231
Ch. 10Work Works254
Ch. 11Skill and Will285