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Poverty, by America / Matthew Desmond.

Desmond, Matthew, (author.).


"The Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of Evicted reimagines the debate on poverty, making a new and bracing argument about why it persists in America: because the rest of us benefit from it. The United States, the richest country on earth, has more poverty than any other advanced democracy. Why? Why does this land of plenty allow one in every eight of its children to go without basic necessities, permit scores of its citizens to live and die on the streets, and authorize its corporations to pay poverty wages? In this landmark book, acclaimed sociologist Matthew Desmond draws on history, research, and original reporting to show how affluent Americans knowingly and unknowingly keep poor people poor. Those of us who are financially secure exploit the poor, driving down their wages while forcing them to overpay for housing and access to cash and credit. We prioritize the subsidization of our wealth over the alleviation of poverty, designing a welfare state that gives the most to those who need the least. And we stockpile opportunity in exclusive communities, creating zones of concentrated riches alongside those of concentrated despair. Some lives are made small so that others may grow. Elegantly written and fiercely argued, this compassionate book gives us new ways of thinking about a morally urgent problem. It also helps us imagine solutions. Desmond builds a startlingly original and ambitious case for ending poverty. He calls on us all to become poverty abolitionists, engaged in a politics of collective belonging to usher in a new age of shared prosperity and, at last, true freedom"-- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780593239919
  • ISBN: 0593239911
  • Physical Description: xii, 284 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Crown, [2023]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-271) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue -- Chapter 1. The kind of problem poverty is -- Chapter 2. Why haven't we made more progress? -- Chapter 3. How we undercut workers -- Chapter 4. How we force the poor to pay more -- Chapter 5. How we rely on welfare -- Chapter 6. How we buy opportunity -- Chapter 7. Invest in ending poverty -- Chapter 8. Empower the poor -- Chapter 9. Tear down the walls -- Epilogue.
Subject: Poverty > United States.
Poverty > Prevention.
Poor > United States.
United States > Economic conditions.
United States > Economic policy.
Genre: Informational works.

Available copies

  • 48 of 70 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.


  • 3 current holds with 70 total copies.
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Adams PL Sys. - Decatur Branch 362.509 DES POV (Text) 34207002532571 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Alexandria-Monroe PL - Alexandria 362.509 DES (Text) 37521530924192 AMPL Adult Nonfiction In transit -
Barton Rees Pogue Mem. PL - Upland 362.5 DES (Text) 76277000044660 Nonfiction* Checked out 03/19/2024
Batesville Mem. PL - Batesville 362.5 DESMOND (Text) 34706001770892 Non-Fiction 300-399 Available -
Bloomfield Eastern Greene Co PL - Bloomfield Main 362.5 DES (Text) 36803001202865 NONFIC Available -
Butler PL - Butler 362.5 DES (Text) 73174005049196 Adult: Nonfiction Available -
Carnegie PL of Steuben Co - Angola 362.5097 DES (Text) 33118000203181 Adult: Nonfiction Available -
Clinton PL - Clinton 362.5097 DES (Text) 36806002141743 NEW ITEMS Available -
Coatesville-Clay Twp PL - Coatesville 362.5 DESMOND (Text) 78321000035529 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Culver-Union Twp PL - Culver 362.5097 DESMOND (Text) 34304001045532 Adult - Nonfiction Available -

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