Mothers in Poverty: A Study of Fatherless Families

Mothers in Poverty: A Study of Fatherless Families

Mothers in Poverty: A Study of Fatherless Families

Mothers in Poverty: A Study of Fatherless Families

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This book is about mothers and children in poor fatherless families. But it is not simply about their plight. It attempts explanations of the way of life of poor people and the possible role their way of life plays in the intergenerational transmission of poverty. My purpose in writing this book was to assess basic alternative explanations. Two approaches toward such explanations are examined in detail. One emphasizes the development and maintenance of a subculture of poverty. The other emphasizes the contemporary circumstances that make people poor, keep them poor, and to which the poor respond.

To assess these general approaches more specific questions need to be phrased. This questioning is done in the first chapters of the book. These questions are derived from larger ones, Do poor people develop a distinctive way of life that inhibits their movement out of poverty? Is there a way of life passed on from one generation to the next that keeps each generation poor? Do certain social conditions impose poverty . . .

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