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Newman explodes the myth of America's unmotivated poor in No Shame in My Game , a study of low-wage workers and their job-seeking peers in central Harlem. This is a frontline perspective: in addition to hundreds of interviews, Newman also put her research assistants behind the counters of the fast-food restaurants alongside the study's subjects.
The results show that America's largest group of impoverished citizens is not the unemployed, but the working poor. But what will move readers most is the struggling workers themselves, who suffer the indignities, exhaustion, and low compensation of jobs as "burger flippers" because, as one fast-food restaurant employee, Larry, says, "It's my job.
You ain't puttin' no food on my table; you ain't puttin' no clothes on my back. I will walk tall with my Burger Barn uniform on. Fortunately, she also offers a thick list of old and new potential solutions to this crisis, from Earned Income Tax Credits to new training programs linking private industry to public schools with at-risk youth.
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An essential, eye-opening read. With the eye of a talented anthropologist and the ear of a gifted writer, Katherine Newman shows us people who are playing by the rules yet failing to make a living--and tells us what America must do to give them a second chance.
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No Shame in My Game impressively spells out the incredible obstacles confronting the working poor in high-risk urban neighborhoods. It is a sensitive and moving portrayal of people struggling in low-wage, dead-end jobs to meet the social norms of citizenship. No book provides a greater awareness of the need to link discussions of work obligations and family values with access to opportunities for advancement.
Geyser University Professor, Harvard University "The working poor do most of the dirty jobs in our society; they also work far harder, with less security, and for much smaller paychecks than the rest of us. They work equally hard, however, trying to retain their dignity, self respect, and pursuit of the American dream, even if most will never be able to afford it. Written for the general reader and social scientist alike, No Shame in My Game should be required reading in every corporate and governmental executive suite.
Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University "A truly enlightening study of the hardworking poor in the inner city that instantly takes its place as a sociological classic alongside William Julius Wilson's telling research on the jobless poor. Full of facts and insights running counter to much popular belief, it brings into focus the social costs of a broken opportunity structure.
Not least, it is fully accessible to the general reader.
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Convert currency. Add to Basket. Book Description Knopf, On the other hand her supporting evidence which entails direct statistics for the working poor in the inner-city that work in the fast food industry seem very plausible and possible.
Newman states that there are about fourteen applicants for every one opening at her subject? She also goes through her train of thought such as when describing the importance and limitations of social networks. The social network clearly helps to give the people who are a part of them hope, in some cases they have someone in their social network that works for the post office or a public hospital which lets them know that it is possible to achieve better living or that better living was.
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