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Poorly Understood – What America Gets Wrong About Poverty - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Poorly Understood: What America Gets Wrong About Poverty

Mark Robert Rank, Lawrence M. Eppard, and Heather E. Bullock


Few topics are surrounded by as many myths, stereotypes, and misperceptions as that of poverty in America. The poor have been badly misunderstood since the beginnings of the country, with the rhetoric intensifying in recent times. Our current era of fake news, alternative facts, and media partisanship has led to a breeding ground for all types of myths gaining traction and legitimacy. The time appears right to set the record straight. Poorly Understood is the first book to systematically address and confront many of the most widespread myths pertaining to poverty. It powerfully demonstrates th ... More

Keywords: poverty, inequality, myths, stereotypes, welfare, safety net, social justice, upward mobility, human capital, social policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190881382
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190881382.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Robert Rank, author
Herbert S. Hadley Professor of Social Welfare in the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis

Lawrence M. Eppard, author
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Shippensburg University

Heather E. Bullock, author
Professor of Psychology, University of California at Santa Cruz

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