No Shame in My Game by Katherine S. Newman
The Working Poor in the Inner City

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"Powerful and poignant.... Newman's message is clear and timely." --The Philadelphia Inquirer

In No Shame in My Game, Harvard anthropologist Katherine Newman gives voice to a population for whom work, family, and self-esteem are top priorities despite all the factors that make earning a living next to impossible--minimum wage, lack of child care and health care, and a desperate shortage of even low-paying jobs. By intimately following the lives of nearly 300 inner-city workers and job seekers for two yearsin Harlem, Newman explores a side of poverty often ignored by media and politicians--the working poor.

The working poor find dignity in earning a paycheck and shunning the welfare system, arguing that even low-paying jobs give order to their lives. No Shame in My Game gives voice to a misrepresented segment of today's society, and is sure to spark dialogue over the issues surrounding poverty, working and welfare.

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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 March 4, 2009 by Vintage. 416 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Business & Economics, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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“The nation’s poor do not need their values engineered,” writes Newman, “they do not need lessons about the dignity of work.” What they need is help to overcome the anonymous barriers of race and class, the negative valuation of their work experience, the simple lack of enough good jobs to go aro...

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Readers numbed by the familiar laments over poverty and by sermons on the bootstrap value of hard work will find Newman's book--clearly a product of sustained attention paid to the working poor--bracingly refreshing.

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The author, who is the Ford Foundation Professor of Urban Studies at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, bases this truth upon a two-year study of more than 300 African-American residents of Harlem, Dominicans and Puerto Ricans from Washington Heights, and business owners and ...

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