The Road to Poverty: The Making of Wealth and Hardship in Appalachia (Paperback)

The Road to Poverty: The Making of Wealth and Hardship in Appalachia By Kathleen M. Blee, Dwight B. Billings Cover Image
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Intended for social scientists, historians, and readers interested in social change and social poverty, this book examines the roots of entrenched poverty in Appalachia. It is both a social history of the creation of chronic poverty (and wealth) in Clay County, KY and an explication of how economic markets, cultural strategies, and the state interact to shape local society. By linking a longitudinal study of a single place to broader understandings of the historical development of the capitalist world system, this book contributes to policy discussions of the underlying causes of persistent rural poverty and reasons for the chronic failure of governmental programs to alleviate such poverty. In doing this study the authors have assembled probably the longest running set of longitudinal data currently available on an American rural population as well as the most extensive body of data available for a persistently poor community in the United States.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780521655460
ISBN-10: 0521655463
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: January 28th, 2000
Pages: 452
Language: English