New Perspectives on Poverty: Policies, Programs, and Practice.
Giffords, Elissa D. Garber, Karen R.
xxiii, 539 p.
Lyceum Books, Inc.
5758 S. Blackstone
Chicago, IL 60637
This textbook explores the contemporary realities and perceptions of poverty in the Untied States since 1908. It examines what poverty is and how it impacts various populations at risk, how different factors such as employment policies contribute to economic inequality in America, and considers governmental and community-based assistance programs. The book begins with a chapter that defines poverty and traces historical and contemporary views of poverty in the United States. The role of the welfare state and current demographics and characteristics of poverty in America are discussed. Chapter 2 focuses on contemporary responses to poverty, including social reforms in the 1960s, human service organizations, government antipoverty programs, health care, and the impact of funding cuts on human service organizations. Chapter 3 addresses U.S. employment policy and government job creation in the Great Depression, characteristics of the unemployed, the impact of single motherhood, and strategies that can be used by social workers and helping professionals to help individuals and families. Following chapters focus on the impact of poverty on key populations, including people experiencing homelessness, families, women, and children, older adults, people with disabilities, persons with mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders, immigrants and refugees, and military families and veterans. The final chapter considers what can be done at the policy and individual level to address poverty. Numerous references.
poverty; children; low income families; child welfare services; prevention; historical perspective; children with disabilities; military personnel; immigrants; mental disorders; homelessness