Kathryn J. Edin, H. Luke Shaefer's $2.00 A Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America PDF

By Kathryn J. Edin, H. Luke Shaefer

ISBN-10: 0544303180

ISBN-13: 9780544303188

ISBN-10: 0544303245

ISBN-13: 9780544303249

A revelatory account of poverty in the USA so deep that we, as a rustic, don’t imagine it exists

Jessica Compton’s relatives of 4 might don't have any money source of revenue until she donated plasma two times per week at her neighborhood donation heart in Tennessee. Modonna Harris and her teenage daughter Brianna in Chicago usually haven't any nutrition yet spoiled milk on weekends. 


After twenty years of incredible examine on American poverty, Kathryn Edin spotted anything she hadn’t visible because the mid-1990s — families surviving on almost no source of revenue. Edin teamed with Luke Shaefer, knowledgeable on calculating earning of the bad, to find that the variety of American households residing on $2.00 consistent with individual, according to day, has skyrocketed to 1.5 million American families, together with approximately three million children. 


Where do those households reside? How did they get so desperately negative? Edin has “turned sociology the wrong way up” (Mother Jones) along with her procurement of wealthy — and fair — interviews. Through the book’s many compelling profiles, relocating and startling solutions emerge. 


The authors light up a troubling pattern: a low-wage exertions marketplace that more and more fails to bring a residing salary, and a turning out to be yet hidden landscape of survival concepts between America’s severe poor. More than a robust exposé, $2.00 an afternoon delivers new facts and new rules to our nationwide debate on source of revenue inequality. 




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He was buoyed by the work of the libertarian social scientist Charles Murray, whose influential 1984 book Losing Ground argued that social welfare policies had increased long-term poverty. Murray’s logic was simple: Pay women to stay single and have babies, and more of them will do so. Pay them not to work, and you have a double disaster on your hands. Murray laid the blame for continuing high rates of poverty squarely at the feet of the welfare system. By discouraging both work and marriage, the system was ensuring that millions of American women and children remained poor.

A few hold on to their places until they reach the front desk. Modonna sticks it out, just to see what will happen. Once she makes it to the front of the line, a carefully coiffed woman with eyes glued to a computer screen tells her that there are no appointments left today. ” she suggests, making only brief eye contact. When queried, the woman admits that an online application won’t get Modonna very far. She will still have to come in for an appointment. Modonna was right, and her friend was wrong.

With these criteria in mind, we set up field sites in Chicago; in a collection of small, rural hamlets in the Mississippi Delta; in Cleveland; and in a midsize city in the Appalachian region—Johnson City, Tennessee. As we spent time in each locale, we began by reaching out to local nonprofits, especially those with deep roots in the communities they served. We hung flyers in their lobbies, volunteered in their programs, and approached the most destitute of families who walked through their doors.

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