The Handbook of Families and Poverty covers hotly debated issues associated with public policy and funded research as they relate to families and poverty. Contributors, bringing multiple perspectives to bear, aim to show alternatives to welfare in subgroups facing specific challenges that are currently not adequately addressed by the welfare system.  Readers will appreciate the insightful summaries of research involving poverty and its relationship to couple, marital, and family dynamics.

Poverty and Economic Polarization among Children in Racial Minority and Immigrant Families

Poverty and Economic Polarization among Children in Racial Minority and Immigrant Families

Poverty and economic polarization among children in racial minority and immigrant families

Recent trends in child poverty and inequality can only be fully understood in light of America's growing racial and ethnic diversity, fueled largely by the massive new immigration from Latin America and Asia. Indeed, the racial and ethnic fabric of the United States changed substantially during the last half of the 20th century. In 1950, for example, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that 134 million, or nearly 90% of America's 151 million people, were white.1 Blacks accounted for significantly more than 90% of the remaining nonwhite population (Gibson & Jung, 2002). Questions about race and inequality were considered almost exclusively in terms ...

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