Danziger, Sheldon H. and Robert H. Haveman editors: Understanding Poverty.
Article Type: Book Review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Author: Peressini, Tracy
Pub Date: 12/22/2004
Publication: Name: Canadian Journal of Urban Research Publisher: Institute of Urban Studies Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2004 Institute of Urban Studies ISSN: 1188-3774
Issue: Date: Winter, 2004 Source Volume: 13 Source Issue: 2
Topic: NamedWork: Understanding Poverty (Book)
Persons: Reviewee: Danziger, Sheldon H.; Haveman, Robert H.
Accession Number: 129248107
Full Text: Danziger, Sheldon H. and Robert H. Haveman editors Understanding Poverty New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2001; Harvard University Press, 2002. 576pp. ISBN 0-674-00876-6

Understanding Poverty is a fine resource for both Canadian students and scholars of poverty and anti-poverty policy. It provides an outstanding orientation to the key issues, concepts, perspectives and topics in the field of poverty and anti-poverty policy. The book consists of 15 articles written by many of the top scholars and researchers of poverty in the United States. Each article addresses a specific topic within the field and provides a succinct summary and synthesis of the research and key policy debates conducted over the course of the 1990s. Some of the key foci covered in the text are American anti-poverty policy (such as the 1996 Welfare Reform Act, Earned Income Tax Credit and Social Security), health, education, job training and Empowerment Zones. While the research presented in is somewhat dated, and exclusively American, this text remains an excellent resource for those interested in the successes and shortcomings of key policy and program models--particularly welfare-reform--which emerged in the U.S. over the last decade. Moreover, as Canada has a long history of modeling and adopting American anti-poverty policies, strategies and programs, this text provides a nice survey of the historical roots of many of Canada's welfare programs, such as Workfare, Community Partnerships and Privatization of services and programs. This book should be of interest and used by Canadians scholars and policy analysts who want to familiarize themselves with the changing face of poverty in the U.S., as well as with the best practices and lessons learned from American policy and program responses to reducing poverty and income inequality.

Tracy Peressini

Social Development Studies

Renison College,

University of Waterloo
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