One Nation, Underprivileged: Why American Poverty Affects Us by Mark Robert Rank

By Mark Robert Rank

Regardless of its huge, immense wealth, the USA leads the industrialized global in poverty. One kingdom, Underprivileged unravels this anxious paradox by way of providing a distinct and considerably various realizing of yankee poverty. It debunks a lot of our most typical myths concerning the terrible, whereas whilst offers a strong new framework for addressing this huge, immense social and monetary challenge. Mark Robert Rank vividly exhibits that the basic factors of poverty are to be present in our monetary constitution and political coverage disasters, instead of person shortcomings or attitudes. He establishes for the 1st time major percent of usa citizens will event poverty in the course of their grownup lifetimes, and firmly demonstrates that poverty is an argument of important nationwide drawback. finally, Rank offers us with a brand new paradigm for knowing poverty, and descriptions an leading edge set of recommendations that may lessen American poverty. One state, Underprivileged represents a profound start line for rekindling a countrywide concentration upon America's such a lot vexing social and financial challenge.

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S. Bureau of the Census, 2003a). 1 is that racial and ethnic minorities, children, women, female-headed families, those in the South, in central cities, or in rural areas, and individuals with less education or who su=er from disabilities all experience elevated risks of poverty. What these characteristics have in common is that they tend to increase the vulnerability of individuals vis-à-vis the labor market. This concept is discussed more fully in chapter 3, but su;ce it to say here that the risk of poverty for speci>c individuals can be understood largely in terms of their economic vulnerability.

6 percent. Consequently, even when di=erences in the standard of living are taken into account, the United States’ level of absolute poverty remains among the highest in the industrialized world. S. households at the 10th percentile of the income distribution is far below that of comparable households in other Western countries. S. counterparts (Smeeding and Rainwater, 2001; see also Jencks, 2002). On the other hand, the purchasing power of wealthy Americans at the 90th percentile of the income distribution far surpassed their counterparts in all other countries.

As a result, the child is likely to grow up prone to illness and poverty, and, in the most insidious of cases, be impaired by organic brain damage. (2004: 122) The connection between poverty and ill health exists for several reasons, including the lack of an adequate diet, reduced access to medical care, residence in unhealthy and stressful physical and mental environments, and lowered educational awareness regarding health issues. 25 Although Medicaid and Medicare have helped to increase the poor’s access to health care, nevertheless when use of health services is compared to need for services, low-income households have the lowest rate (Mullahy and Wolfe, 2001).

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