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No Shame in My Game: The Working Poor in the Inner City

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 years in Harlem, Newman explores a side of poverty often ignored by media and politicians — the working poor. These workers persevere in a country that, more than any other, measures self-worth through employment but deems "hamburger flipping" jobs unworthy. 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 shows us a misrepresented segment of today's society, and is sure to spark dialogue over the issues surrounding poverty, working, and welfare.
No Shame in My Game: 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.
Katherine S. Newman is James B. Knapp Dean of the Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. Among her many books are "Falling From Grace, No Shame in My Game, Rampage" and "The Missing Class: Portraits of the Near Poor in America". Rourke L. O'Brien is a graduate student in sociology and social policy at Princeton University and a non-resident fellow of the New America Foundation.
"[Newman] balances the personal experience of her subjects with thorough reasearch, analysis, and ideas for policy reform but the stories of the people working for minimum wage are what stay with you." --The New Yorker "Extremely valuable...extremely engaging."--The Denver Post
Author
Katherine S. Newman, Russell Sage Foundation
Short Title
NO SHAME IN MY GAME
Pages
416
Language
English
ISBN-10
0375703799
ISBN-13
9780375703799
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
DEWEY
362.509
Year
2000
Publication Date
2000-04-30
Imprint
Vintage Books
Subtitle
The Working Poor in the Inner City
Place of Publication
New York
Country of Publication
United States
Series
Vintage
Residence
Newton, MA, US
Birth
1953
Affiliation
Princeton University
Publisher
Vintage
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