American Women in Poverty: (Contributions in Women's Studies)-Paul E. Zopf

  • Title: American Women in Poverty: (Contributions in Women's Studies)
  • Author: Paul E. Zopf
  • Released: 1989-01-12
  • Language:
  • Pages: 226
  • ISBN: 0313259801
  • ISBN13: 978-0313259807
  • ASIN: 0313259801

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Review ?Of all groups in the US, why do children experience the highest poverty rate and suffer hunger, homelessness, and the other attendant burdens of poverty in such disproportionate measure? Zopf provides a compelling answer in his social demographic study of why and how women fall into poverty, because it is as women's dependents that children are poor. The book is heavy with tables, charts, and maps that offer a statistical picture of women's poverty, but Zopf is an articulate guide through this forest of data. He uses these statistics effectively to analyze structural flaws in the American socioeconomic system (e.g., the gender-segregated labor market) that result in excess rates of poverty for independent women of all races. Zopf is particularly effective in showing the link between gender inequality and women's and children's poverty, exploring trends in poverty status over time, relating variation in individual earnings and unemployment to family poverty, and explaining the differences between long-term and short-term (but recurrent) poverty. . . . Zopf offers an accessible but scholarly presentation of a mass of statistical information with both current interest and long-term importance. Upper-division undergraduates and above.?-Choice

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Of all groups in the US, why do children experience the highest poverty rate and suffer hunger, homelessness, and the other attendant burdens of poverty in such disproportionate measure? Zopf provides a compelling answer in his social demographic study of why and how women fall into poverty, because it is as women's dependents that children are poor. The book is heavy with tables, charts, and maps that offer a statistical picture of women's poverty, but Zopf is an articulate guide through this forest of data. . . . Zopf offers an accessible but scholarly presentation of a mass of statistical information with both current interest and long-term importance. Choice

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