By Katherine S. Newman
"Powerful and poignant.... Newman's message is apparent and timely." --The Philadelphia Inquirer
In No disgrace in My Game, Harvard anthropologist Katherine Newman offers voice to a inhabitants for whom paintings, relatives, and vanity are best priorities regardless of the entire elements that make incomes a dwelling subsequent to impossible--minimum salary, loss of baby care and future health care, and a determined scarcity of even low-paying jobs. via in detail following the lives of approximately three hundred inner-city staff and activity seekers for 2 yearsin Harlem, Newman explores a facet of poverty usually missed through media and politicians--the operating poor.
The operating negative locate dignity in incomes a paycheck and shunning the welfare procedure, arguing that even low-paying jobs supply order to their lives. No disgrace in My Game provides voice to a misrepresented phase of modern day society, and is certain to spark discussion over the problems surrounding poverty, operating and welfare.
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