Urban Poverty afterThe Truly Disadvantaged: The Rediscovery of the Family, the Neighborhood, and Culture
Annual Review of Sociology
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... ss a selection of the works on urban poverty that followed the publication of WJ Wilson's The Truly Disadvantaged (1987) , with a particular focus on the family, the neighborhood, and culture. We frame our discussion by assessing the broad explanations of the increased concentration of poverty in urban neighborhoods characteristic of the 1970s and 1980s. Then, in the section on the family, we address the rising out-of-wedlock and disproportionately high teenage birthrates of poor urban women. Next, we critique the literature on neighborhood effects. Finally, in the discussion of culture, we examine critically the new efforts at complementing structural explanations with cultural accounts. We conclude by calling for more comparative, cross-regional, and historical studies, broader conceptions of urban poverty, and a greater focus on Latinos and other ethnic groups.