The New Faces of American Poverty: A Reference Guide to the Great Recession, 1st Edition

  • Editor: Lindsey K. Hanson, Timothy J. Essenburg
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  • ISBN-10: 1610691822
  • ISBN-13: 9781610691826
  • DDC: 339.4
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 808 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released September 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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The Great Recession (2007 to 2009) brought the United States—routinely touted as the richest country in the world—to historical levels of poverty. Rising unemployment, government budget crises, and the collapse of the housing market had devastating effects on the poor and middle class. 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. Essays from more than 20 contributing writers explore the history of poverty in America and provide a vision of what lies ahead for the American economy.



  • Lindsey K. Hanson
  • Timothy J. Essenburg

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction: Why Care about Poverty?.
2: The Great Recession: What Happened?.
3: Introduction to Section 1.
4: Global Downturn.
5: Great Recession.
6: Great Recession vs. Great Depression.
7: Housing Crisis.
8: Policy, Fiscal (The Federal Government).
9: Policy, Monetary (The Federal Reserve).
10: Why Is There Poverty, and How Is Poverty Measured?.
11: Introduction to Section 2.
12: Causes and Types of Poverty.
13: Economic Insecurity.
14: Measurement of Poverty.
15: U.S. Poverty Rate in the Great Recession.
16: How Did the Great Recession Affect Poverty Rates for Demographic Groups?.
17: Introduction to Section 3.
18: African Americans.
19: Age, 17 Or under (Children).
20: Age, 18–34 (Young Adults).
21: Age, 35–64 (Adults).
22: Age, 65 Plus (Senior Citizens).
23: Asian Americans.
24: Disability Status.
25: Economic Status, Prior.
26: Educational Attainment.
27: Hispanic/Latino Americans.
28: Immigrants.
29: Native Americans.
30: Region of the Country.
31: Retirees and Potential Retirees.
32: Rural Families and Individuals.
33: Sex, Female.
34: Sex, Male.
35: Suburban Families and Individuals.
36: United States Impact.
37: Urban Families and Individuals.
38: Veterans.
39: White Americans.
40: How Did the Great Recession Affect Low-Income Individuals and Families?.
41: Introduction to Section 4.
42: Access to Credit.
43: Food Insecurity and Assistance.
44: Health Care Assistance.
45: Higher Education.
46: Hiring Practices.
47: Homelessness.
48: Housing Assistance Programs and Low-Income Renters.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction: Why Care about Poverty?.
2: (Continued).
3: Impact on Legal System.
4: Secondary Effects.
5: Social Security.
6: Underemployment.
7: Unemployment.
8: Wages and Income.
9: Welfare/Cash Assistance Programs.
10: How Did Governments Respond to the Great Recession?.
11: Introduction to Section 5.
12: Government Response, Local.
13: Government Response, State.
14: Government Response, Tribal.
15: International Government and Nongovernmental Organization Responses.
16: Political Parties and Major Legislative Responses.
17: How Long Will the Effects of the Great Recession Last?.
18: Introduction to Section 6.
19: Double Dip Recession Risk.
20: A “normal Economy”—when?.
21: Structural Economic Changes.
22: How Did U.S. Society Respond to Poverty during the Great Recession?.
23: Introduction to Section 7.
24: Nonprofit Organizations.
25: Political Ideologies.
26: Religious Groups.
27: Societal View of Poverty.
28: Conclusion: What Can Be Done about Poverty in the United States?.
29: Primary Documents.
30: Understanding the Great Recession.
31: The Great Recession and Poverty.
Recommended Resources.
32: About the Editors and Contributors.