Lives on the Line
American Families and the Struggle to Make Ends Meet
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Lives on the Line by Martha Shirk
Book DescriptionIn Lives on the Line, Martha Shirk, Neil G. Bennett, and J. Lawrence Aber meld affecting personal profiles with sophisticated demographic analysis to create a vivid portrait of what life is like for more than 14 million American children growing up below the poverty line.In personal profiles of ten families across the nation, from a Pacific Islander family in Hawaii to a homeless family in a wealthy New York City suburb, award-winning journalist Martha Shirk depicts the realities of life for children below the poverty line. She takes readers deep into the lives of families in poverty--lives sometimes marked by childhood abuse, parental loss, and long-term violence--and with each family explores their prospects for moving above the poverty threshold. Along the way, Shirk finds amazing resilience, resourcefulness, and strength of spirit in many of these poor families.Neil G. Bennett, demographic research director for the highly respected National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University (NCCP), shatters many commonly held stereotypes by analyzing Census Bureau data to show which American children are most likely to be poor. He reports, for instance, that over 60 percent of poor young children have at least one employed parent, that most poor young children live in suburban or rural areas, and that a parent's graduation from high school is insufficient to insure against poverty. Among his most startling findings are that in the last two decades, the Young Child Poverty Rate grew significantly faster in the suburbs than in urban or rural areas, and that it grew much faster among whites than among blacks.J. Lawrence Aber, the director of NCCP and a nationally recognized expert in child development and social policy, describes the effects of poverty on child development and showcases proven strategies for preventing or reducing child poverty. He also shows us that it is in our national self-interest to address the problem of child poverty by making a smart investment in America's future.As a powerful portrait of the effects of poverty on America's children and families, Lives on the Line narrows the gap between "them" and "us." It will change the way you think about the poor.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780813338200
(229mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 27-Sep-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Martha Shirk
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On Their Own is meant to serve as a clarion call not only to policymakers, but to all Americans who care about the future of our young people.
Kitchen Table Entrepreneurs, Paperback (February 2004)» View all books by Martha Shirk
Inspirational stories of eleven low-income women who are moving their families out of poverty by starting their own businesses
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Author Biography - Martha Shirk
Martha Shirk of Palo Alto, California, is an award-winning journalist, formerly with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, who specializes in children's and family issues. Neil G. Bennett is director of demographic research for the National Center for Children in Poverty, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. J. Lawrenece Aber is director of the National Center for Children in Poverty, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.
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