One Nation, Underprivileged: Why American Poverty Affects Us All by Mark Robert RankOne Nation, Underprivileged: Why American Poverty Affects Us All by Mark Robert Rank

One Nation, Underprivileged: Why American Poverty Affects Us All

byMark Robert Rank

Paperback | July 15, 2005

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Despite its enormous wealth, the United States leads the industrialized world in poverty. One Nation, Underprivileged unravels this disturbing paradox by offering a unique and radically different understanding of American poverty. It debunks many of our most common myths about the poor,while at the same time provides a powerful new framework for addressing this enormous social and economic problem. Mark Robert Rank vividly shows that the fundamental causes of poverty are to be found in our economic structure and political policy failures, rather than individual shortcomings or attitudes. He establishes for the first time that a significant percentage of Americans will experience povertyduring their adult lifetimes, and firmly demonstrates that poverty is an issue of vital national concern. Ultimately, Rank provides us with a new paradigm for understanding poverty, and outlines an innovative set of strategies that will reduce American poverty. One Nation, Underprivileged represents a profound starting point for rekindling a national focus upon America's most vexing social andeconomic problem.
Mark Robert Rank is at Washington University.
Title:One Nation, Underprivileged: Why American Poverty Affects Us AllFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 5.98 × 9.09 × 0.98 inPublished:July 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I. The Nature of American Poverty1. Disturbing Contrasts2. Below the Line3. Poverty as a Structural FailingPart II. A Cause for Concern4. In Our Self Interest5. True to Values6. Essence of CitizenshipPart III. Creating Fundamental Change7. A New Paradigm8. Future Directions9. From the Ground UpAppendix A: Sources of DataAppendix B: Additional Life Table AnalysesBibliography

Editorial Reviews

"...Offers an analytical yet passionate critique of the harsh economic reality of poverty, which will affect most of us during our lives... "----Z Magazine