A Different Shade of Gray by Katherine S. Newman
Mid-Life and Beyond in the Inner City

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A groundbreaking look at urban aging by the author of the highly acclaimed No Shame in My Game.

Classic works by William Julius Wilson and Alex Kotlowitz have given Americans searing accounts of coming of age amid urban poverty. Now Katherine Newman, Kennedy School professor and author of No Shame in My Game, a book about the working poor that Publishers Weekly called "eye-opening" and "bracingly refreshing," shifts our attention to the other end of the human life span, offering the first comprehensive look at aging in the inner city.

While recent prosperity has allowed many to enjoy their old age in the comfort of retirement communities, a combination of historical circumstances, personal decisions, and changing public policy have conspired to keep another set of Americans locked in crumbling urban settings to "age in place." How this happened and what it means are the questions at the center of this original and illuminating study.


About Katherine S. Newman

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Katherine S. Newman is the James Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University. The author of ten books on middle-class economic instability, urban poverty, and the sociology of inequality, Newman has taught at the University of California-Berkeley, Columbia, Harvard, and Princeton.
Published January 17, 2003 by New Press, The. 400 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Many elderly urban dwellers have cycled in and out of poverty during their lives, working at jobs that offer no pension of any kind.

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