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Concentrated Poverty: A Critical Analysis


  • Herbert Gans


To many observers, it may be almost reflexive to believe that neighborhoods with high levels of poverty naturally breed more poverty. To Herbert Gans, long a poverty specialist, this is a dangerous myth. Moreover, he says, it is one the Obama administration apparently accepts. The result leads to policies to break up neighborhoods rather than getting to the root causes of extreme poverty—not the least of which is the unavailability of jobs.

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  • Herbert Gans, 2010. "Concentrated Poverty: A Critical Analysis," Challenge, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 53(3), pages 82-96.
  • Handle: RePEc:mes:challe:v:53:y:2010:i:3:p:82-96
    DOI: 10.2753/0577-5132530305

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    1. Herbert Gans, 2009. "Antipoverty Policy for the Excluded Poor," Challenge, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 52(6), pages 79-95.
    2. Wilson, William Julius, 2010. "The Obama Administration's Proposals to Address Concentrated Urban Poverty," Scholarly Articles 4778627, Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
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    1. David J. Madden, 2014. "Neighborhood as Spatial Project: Making the Urban Order on the Downtown Brooklyn Waterfront," International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 38(2), pages 471-497, March.

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