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Title:
Understanding mainland Puerto Rican poverty
Author:
Baker, Susan S., 1945-
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Publication Information:
Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
xvi, 235 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Electronic Access:
Table of contents http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/fy035/2002020513.html
ISBN:
9781566399692

9781566399708
Format :
Book

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Central Library E184.P85 B35 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Summary

For too long the study of impoverished Puerto Ricans living in the fifty states has been undermined by the use of broad generalizations. Puerto Ricans have been statistically grouped with all Latinos, studied with models developed for understanding African-American life, and written about as if New York's Puerto Rican community was the only such community worthy of detailed study. This book changes all that. In this important new work, Susan Baker looks beyond the traditional models and rewrites the origins, current state, and reasons behind Puerto Rican poverty. The book tells the story of how Puerto Ricans have left the Rustbelt cities to return to the island or to seek job opportunities elsewhere. Those left behind are predominantly poor women with dependents who live in segregated neighborhoods with little chance of finding low-skilled jobs because of competition from non-citizen, non-politicized workers. In her alternative explanation, the author presents data from across the country and puts forth an explanation that is grounded in Puerto Rican history and sensitive not only to the interconnectedness of the island and mainland population, but also the increasing distress face


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