Poverty and Welfare in America: Examining the Facts, like every book in the Contemporary Debates series, is intended to puncture rather than perpetuate myths that diminish our understanding of important policies and positions; to provide needed context for misleading statements and claims; and to confirm the factual accuracy of other assertions.
This book clarifies some of the most contentious and misunderstood aspects of American poverty and the social welfare programs that have been crafted to combat it over the years. In addition to providing up-to-date data about the extent of American poverty among various demographic groups in the United States, it examines the chief causes of poverty in the 21st century, including divorce, disability, and educational shortfalls. Moreover, the book provides an evenhanded examination of the nation’s social welfare agencies and the effectiveness of various social service programs managed by those agencies in addressing and reducing poverty.
- Features an easy-to-navigate question-and-answer format
- Uses quantifiable data from respected sources as the foundation for examining every issue
- Includes extensive Further Reading sections for each entry, providing readers with leads to conduct further research
- Evaluates claims made by individuals and groups of all political backgrounds and ideologies to offer an inclusive examination of poverty and welfare