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Social Poverty: Low-Income Parents and the Struggle for Family and Community Ties

Sarah Halpern-Meekin


Social Poverty draws on 192 interviews with young, low-income, unmarried parents to investigate the concept of social poverty, using the setting of a government-funded relationship education program. While commentators and academics have excoriated such programs for the value system they imply and their intervention results, participants are huge fans of them. Although critics view participants’ financial needs as dominating their social concerns, participants themselves are acutely aware of their relational needs. These needs drive their participation in and enthusiasm for the program. This s ... More

Keywords: Poverty, social poverty, relationship education, policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781479891214
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479891214.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Halpern-Meekin, author
University of Wisconsin-Madison