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The Injustice of Place

Uncovering the Legacy of Poverty in America

by Kathryn J. Edin, H. Luke Shaefer, Timothy Nelson

On Sale: 08/08/2023

Price: $29.99

The Injustice of Place

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The Injustice of Place

Uncovering the Legacy of Poverty in America

by Kathryn J. Edin, H. Luke Shaefer, Timothy Nelson

On Sale: 08/08/2023

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Price: $29.99

About the Book

A sweeping and surprising new understanding of America’s places of most extreme poverty, drawn from original data-driven research, from the authors of the acclaimed $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America

"This book challenges and enrages, humbles and indicts—and forces you to see American poverty in a whole new light.” — Matthew Desmond, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Evicted


Three of the nation’s top researchers known for taking on key mysteries about poverty deliver a new, multi-dimensional way of measuring deep disadvantage in every county in the nation as well as in its 500 most-populated cities. By turning the lens of disadvantage from the individual to the community, the authors uncover a surprising picture. Among the 100 most deeply disadvantaged places in the U.S., the majority are rural, many of them rarely if ever researched; only 12 are cities.

Through engaged ethnographic research, deep historical understanding, and riveting storytelling, the authors paint portraits of places within the three regions of America they identify as actual “internal colonies” within our nation. In rural Leflore County, MS, in the Cotton Belt of the Deep South, we see residents living—and dying—with homicide rates as high as anywhere else in the nation. In Clay County, KY, where Big Coal once ruled, the social infrastructure is so eroded that residents say “there’s nothing to do but drugs.” In Crystal City in South Texas, a town still proud to be known as the “spinach capital of the world,” cheerleaders revolt in response to white quotas and a legacy of unequal schools. The unfolding revelation in The Injustice of Place is what these regions have in common—a history of raw, intensive resource extraction and human exploitation. This history and its reverberations are facts, these acclaimed and engaged public scholars convince, that must shape a new War on Poverty, 60 years after LBJ’s unfinished first one. 

Critical Praise

"Three of the nation’s top poverty scholars deliver a profound inquiry into the most disadvantaged communities in America. Combining historical and statistical analysis with on-the-ground interviewing, the authors present novel and provocative arguments for many social ills that plague these regions. This book challenges and enrages, humbles and indicts—and forces you to see American poverty in a whole new light.”Matthew Desmond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Evicted

“A remarkable book that could very well change the way we think about poverty in the United States.” — New York Times on $2 a Day

“Profound and moving.” — NPR’s Marketplace on $2 a Day

“Harrowing . . . [An] important and heart-rending book, in the tradition of Michael Harrington’s The Other America.”  — Los Angeles Times on $2 a Day

“This searing look at extreme poverty deftly mixes policy research and heartrending narratives.... Mixing academic seriousness and deft journalistic storytelling, this work may well move readers to positive action.”  — Publishers Weekly, starred review, on $2 a Day 

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063239494
  • ISBN 10: 0063239493
  • Imprint: Mariner Books
  • On Sale: 08/08/2023
  • Trimsize: 6.000 in (w) x 9.000 in (h) x 0.000 in (d)
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price: $29.99
  • BISAC1 : HISTORY / Social History
  • BISAC2 : POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Economic Policy
  • BISAC3 : SOCIAL SCIENCE / Poverty & Homelessness