The New Faces of American Poverty: A Reference Guide to the Great Recession

Editors: Hanson, Lindsey K. and Essenburg, Timothy J.
Publication Year: 2014
Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 978-1-61-069181-9
Category: Social Sciences - Contemporary Issues & Controversies
Image Count: 152
Book Status: Pending
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This is one of the first books to focus on the impact of the Great Recession on poverty in America, examining governmental and cultural responses to the economic downturn; the demographics of poverty by gender, age, occupation, education, geographical area, and ethnic identity; and federal and state efforts toward reform and relief.

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction: Why Care about Poverty?
  • VOLUME 1
  • Section 1: The Great Recession: What Happened?
  • Introduction to Section 1
  • Global Downturn
  • Great Recession
  • Great Recession vs. Great Depression
  • Housing Crisis
  • Policy, Fiscal (The Federal Government)
  • Policy, Monetary (The Federal Reserve)
  • Section 2: Why Is There Poverty, and How Is Poverty Measured
  • Introduction to Section 2
  • Causes and Types of Poverty
  • Economic Insecurity
  • Measurement of Poverty
  • U.S. Poverty Rate in the Great Recession
  • Section 3: How Did the Great Recession Affect Poverty Rates for Demographic Groups?
  • Introduction to Section 3
  • African Americans
  • Age, 17 or Under (Children)
  • Age, 18–34 (Young Adults)
  • Age, 35–64 (Adults)
  • Age, 65 Plus (Senior Citizens)
  • Asian Americans
  • Disability Status
  • Economic Status, Prior
  • Educational Attainment
  • Hispanic/Latino Americans
  • Immigrants
  • Native Americans
  • Region of the Country
  • Retirees and Potential Retirees
  • Rural Families and Individuals
  • Sex, Female
  • Sex, Male
  • Suburban Families and Individuals
  • United States vs. International Impact
  • Urban Families and Individuals
  • Veterans
  • White Americans
  • Section 4: How Did the Great Recession Affect Low-Income Individuals and Families
  • Introduction to Section 4
  • Access to Credit
  • Food Insecurity and Assistance
  • Health Care Assistance
  • Higher Education
  • Hiring Practices
  • Homelessness
  • Housing Assistance Programs and Low-Income Renters
  • VOLUME 2
  • Section 4: How Did the Great Recession Affect Low-Income Individuals and Families
  • Impact on Legal System
  • Secondary Effects
  • Social Security
  • Underemployment
  • Unemployment
  • Wages and Income
  • Welfare/Cash Assistance Programs
  • Section 5: How Did Governments Respond to the Great Recession
  • Introduction to Section 5
  • Government Response, Local
  • Government Response, State
  • Government Response, Tribal
  • International Government and Nongovernmental Organization Responses
  • Political Parties and Major Legislative Responses
  • Section 6: How Long Will the Effects of the Great Recession Last
  • Introduction to Section 6
  • Double Dip Recession Risk
  • A “Normal Economy”—When?
  • Structural Economic Changes
  • Section 7: How Did U.S. Society Respond to Poverty during the Great Recession
  • Introduction to Section 7
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Political Ideologies
  • Religious Groups
  • Societal View of Poverty
  • Conclusion: What Can Be Done about Poverty in the United States?
  • Primary Documents
  • Understanding the Great Recession (Part A)
  • Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 (A-1.)
  • The Emergency Stabilization Act (the Financial System Bailout) and the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) (A-2.)
  • The Official Start and End of the Great Recession (A-3.)
  • President Barack Obama's Address on the Home Mortgage Crisis (A-4.)
  • The Stimulus Package Act (The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) of 2009 (A-5.)
  • A Website for Accountability and Transparency for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (A-6.)
  • Remarks by the President on the Emergency Restructuring of GM, 2009 (A-7.)
  • Business Cycle Dating (A-8.)
  • Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (A-9.)
  • The Budget Control Act of 2011: Raising the Debt Ceiling (A-10.)
  • American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (A-11.)
  • The Great Recession and Poverty (Part B)
  • How the Census Bureau Measures Poverty (B-1.)
  • Poverty Thresholds, 2006–2011 (B-2 to B-7)
  • U.S. Government Poverty Data, 1959–2011 (B-9.)
  • Poverty in the United States, State by State, 1980–2011 (B-10.)
  • Poverty in the United States, by Age, 1966–2011 (B.11.)
  • Poverty by Status as Native, Foreign-Born, and Citizenship Status (B-12.)
  • U.S. Poverty Data, 2006–2010
  • Poverty Data, 2006 (B-13.)
  • U.S. Poverty Data, 2007 (B-14.)
  • U.S. Poverty Data, 2008 (B-15.)
  • U.S. Poverty Data, 2009 (B-16.)
  • U.S. Poverty Data, 2010 (B-17.)
  • U.S. Poverty Data, 2011 (B-18.)
  • Areas in the United States with Concentrated Poverty 2006–2010 (B-19.)
  • Characteristics of People Living in Concentrated Areas of Poverty in the United States 2006 to 2010 (B-20.)
  • The Supplemental Poverty Measure in the United States (B-21.)
  • The Difference between the Official Poverty Measure and the Supplemental Poverty Measure, 2009 and 2010 (B-22.)
  • Different Poverty Measures for People in Poverty in the United States (B-23.)
  • Recommended Resources
  • About the Editors and Contributors