Recent research on inequality and poverty has shown that those born into low-income families, especially African Americans, still have difficulty entering the middle class, in part because of the disadvantages they experience living in more dangerous neighborhoods, going to inferior public schools, and persistent racial inequality. Coming of Age in the Other America shows that […]
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor Kathryn Edin has been researching urban family structure and poverty for more than two decades, embedding herself into the lives of the community. But even she was shocked when she started seeing data indicating American families living in extreme poverty, akin to that of living in a developing country. Watch video.
Two generations ago, young men and women with only a high-school degree would have entered the plentiful industrial occupations which then sustained the middle-class ideal of a male-breadwinner family. Such jobs have all but vanished over the past forty years, and in their absence ever-growing numbers of young adults now hold precarious, low-paid jobs with […]
Stephen L. Morgan is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Education at Johns Hopkins University. He received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University in 2000, an M.Phil. in Comparative Social Research from Oxford University in 1995, and a B.A. in Sociology from Harvard University in 1993. He began his career in the Department […]
Kathryn Edin is one of the nation’s leading poverty researchers, working in the domains of welfare and low-wage work, family life, and neighborhood contexts. A qualitative and mixed-method researcher, she has taken on key mysteries about the urban poor that have not been fully answered by quantitative work: How do single mothers possibly survive on […]