Download PDF by Kathryn J. Edin, H. Luke Shaefer: $2.00 A Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America

By Kathryn J. Edin, H. Luke Shaefer

A revelatory account of poverty in the USA so deep that we, as a rustic, don’t imagine it exists

Jessica Compton’s kin of 4 may haven't any money source of revenue except she donated plasma two times per week at her neighborhood donation middle in Tennessee. Modonna Harris and her teenage daughter Brianna in Chicago frequently don't have any nutrients yet spoiled milk on weekends. 

  

After 20 years of amazing study on American poverty, Kathryn Edin spotted anything she hadn’t noticeable because the mid-1990s — families surviving on nearly no source of revenue. Edin teamed with Luke Shaefer, knowledgeable on calculating earning of the negative, to find that the variety of American households dwelling on $2.00 according to individual, in keeping with day, has skyrocketed to 1.5 million American families, together with approximately three million children. 

  

Where do those households dwell? How did they get so desperately terrible? Edin has “turned sociology the other way up” (Mother Jones) together with her procurement of wealthy — and fair — interviews. Through the book’s many compelling profiles, relocating and startling solutions emerge. 

  

The authors remove darkness from a troubling development: a low-wage exertions industry that more and more fails to convey a residing salary, and a growing to be yet hidden landscape of survival recommendations between America’s severe poor. More than a strong exposé, $2.00 an afternoon delivers new proof and new rules to our nationwide debate on source of revenue inequality. 

 

 

 

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Was the landmark welfare reform of 1996 partly to blame? Were these families completely detached from the world of work? Or were they enmeshed in a low-wage labor market that was itself somehow prompting spells of extreme destitution? How was it even possible to live without cash in modern America? What were families in $2-a-day poverty doing to survive? And were these strategies different from those poor families had been using prior to welfare reform, when AFDC still offered such families a cash cushion against extreme destitution?

In each of these places, we looked for families with children who had spent at least three months living on a cash income of less than $2 per person, per day. In most cases, these spells of such dire poverty proved to be much longer. We visited with these families over the course of many months—and, in some cases, years—talking with them frequently, sharing meals, and observing their daily lives. As common themes emerged from their stories—such as their surprisingly high level of attachment to the formal labor market and the frequency with which doubling up with family or friends precipitated a spell of $2-a-day poverty—we looked back to the SIPP and to other sources of data to see if we could see them there as well.

Or were they enmeshed in a low-wage labor market that was itself somehow prompting spells of extreme destitution? How was it even possible to live without cash in modern America? What were families in $2-a-day poverty doing to survive? And were these strategies different from those poor families had been using prior to welfare reform, when AFDC still offered such families a cash cushion against extreme destitution? What was so indispensable about cash—as opposed to in-kind resources such as SNAP—for families trying to survive in twenty-first-century America?

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