Poverty in Canada

Paperback | October 11, 2012

byRaghubar D. Sharma

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Poverty in Canada is on the rise, particularly among certain groups. While in developing countries poverty may affect much of the population, in a more developed country such as Canada it is largely restricted to specific groups. Such groups are often excluded from full participation in oursocial and economic institutions. There are many factors behind this lack of wealth and opportunity; addressing the phenomenon of poverty can be a complicated matter. Government demographer and lecturer Raghubar D. Sharma provides the first concise discussion of the specific groups that are affected by poverty, including the elderly, ethnic poverty, child poverty, and the "working poor." Chapters focus on these groups and explore the circumstances behind theirexclusion. Sharma also looks into a larger trend behind the rise of poverty: a massive economic transformation akin to the Industrial Revolution of the early 1700s has been underway since the 1980s. This phenomenon of "globalization" is eliminating labour-intensive jobs and polarizing the job marketinto high-skill, high-paying jobs on one hand and low-skill, low-paying jobs on the other. In these circumstances, the less-qualified, the disadvantaged, and the discriminated are unable to find decent jobs, and hence are destined to a life of poverty. As the world becomes a global village, there isan urgent need to understand poverty in Canada.Sharma's book, one of the first to consider the wide range of factors behind poverty in Canada, will be accessible to students as well as general readers interested in the growing reality of wealth inequality.

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Poverty in Canada is on the rise, particularly among certain groups. While in developing countries poverty may affect much of the population, in a more developed country such as Canada it is largely restricted to specific groups. Such groups are often excluded from full participation in oursocial and economic institutions. There are ma...

Raghubar D. Sharma has worked for over 30 years in the Ontario Public Service on demographic, social economics, employment equity, education, and child welfare programs. He is currently a coordinator of forecasting and analysis for child welfare. He is a regular lecturer at the University of Toronto and has taught courses on sociology ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.4 inPublished:October 11, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019900322X

ISBN - 13:9780199003228

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read Book This concise yet holistic book is the best effort to find out answers to Why Poverty in Canada and to add to the debate. In the first chapter, four major frameworks of poverty are written in a very simple style to make them accessible to a general reader. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in its report “Does it Measure Up” forwards two antipoverty alternatives on page 10 – one based on this book and second based on approach advocated by the Nobel Prize winning economist Amartya Sen. It is the only book that discusses all the disadvantaged demographic groups. They include ethnic poor, the elderly, women, children, and the working poor. It has a fascinating chapter on regional poverty in Canada. Zeitgeist New Brunswick has listed this book among the great books of the world That Will Help You 'Wake Up!' It also provides a unique perspective on globalization and informs us that what happened in the 1700s is now underway in reverse. The colonization of Asia and Africa, and the industrialization of the North moved wealth from the South to the North. This massive change brought the miseries of wars, slavery, and a rise in mass poverty. The present phenomenon of "globalization" is eliminating labour-intensive jobs and polarizing the job market into high-skill, high-paying jobs on one hand and low-skill, low-paying jobs on the other. In these circumstances, the less-qualified, the disadvantaged, and the discriminated are unable to find decent jobs, and hence are destined to a life of poverty. These changes are manifesting in income inequality and “Occupy Wall Street” type of protests. It also gives a glimpse of the world in 2040. Perhaps, this is the first compressive book on poverty in Canada which is intended for a general reader and will also be useful for students, teachers, policy makers, sociologists, economists, and social workers interested in the area of poverty and inequality. The book could also be used as a core text for a course on sociology of poverty or a supplementary book for such courses as social inequality, social stratification, social problems, Canadian society, Canadian issues, social economics, social work, social policy, and social welfare etc. The book could also be an important reference for the policy makers, activists, and concerned individuals. It is also intended to set a debate among the informed readers. It is Must Read for anybody interested in Poverty and Inequality.
Date published: 2013-04-18

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List of IllustrationsAcknowledgementsIntroduction1. Understanding Poverty2. Ethnic Poverty3. The Elderly in Poverty4. Women in Poverty5. Children in Poverty6. The Working Poor7. Regional Poverty in Canada8. What Goes around Comes around: Global Movements of WealthAppendix: Defining and Measuring PovertyReferencesIndex