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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Spring 2010

SOC 396L • Sociology of Poverty in the US COURSE CANCELLED

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46650 W
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
BUR 214

Course Description

This seminar reviews some of the sociological and related literatures on poverty in the U.S.

Grading Policy

Grades will be determined on the basis of class presentations, class participation, a midterm essay exam, and a final essay exam.


Readings include:
Barbara Ehrenreich (2001) Nickel and Dimed: On Not Getting By in America
Elliot Liebow (1967) Tally's Corner: A Study of Negro Streetcorner Men
Charles A. Valentine (1968) Culture and Poverty: Critique and Counter-Proposals
James T. Patterson (1981) America's Struggle Against Poverty, 1900-1980
David T. Ellwood (1988) Poor Support: Poverty in the American Family
Kathryn Edin and Laura Lein (1997) Making Ends Meet: How Single Mothers Survive Welfare and Low-Wage Work
John Iceland (2003) Poverty in America: A Handbook
Lee Rainwater and Timothy M. Smeeding (2003) Poor Kids in a Rich Country: America’s Children in Comparative Perspective
Ronald Angel, Laura Lein and Jane Henrici (2006) Poor Families in America’s Health Care Crisis
Rebecca M. Blank, Sheldon H. Danziger and Robert F. Schoeni (2006) Working and Poor: How Economic and Policy Changes Are Affecting Low-Wage Workers.


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