Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a by Jonathan Kozol

By Jonathan Kozol

Amazing Grace is Jonathan Kozol’s vintage e-book on existence and loss of life within the South Bronx—the poorest city local of the U.S.. He brings us into overcrowded faculties, dysfunctional hospitals, and rat-infested houses the place households were ravaged through melancholy and nervousness, drug-related violence, and the unfold of AIDS. yet he additionally introduces us to committed and unselfish academics, committed ministers, and—at the guts and middle of the book—courageous and pleasant young ones. the youngsters we come to satisfy throughout the friendships they've got shaped with Jonathan defy the stereotypes of city adolescence too usually offered via the media. delicate, beneficiant, and infrequently religiously religious, they converse with eloquence and honesty in regards to the poverty and racial isolation that experience wounded yet now not hardened them. Amidst the entire melancholy, it's the very younger whose luminous capability for romance and transcendent feel of religion in human decency give good reason for desire.

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Except in Poland, households consisting only of elderly have the highest poverty incidence and poverty gap. We return to this later when discussing the age dimension of poverty. 3. 8 Note: 11 The poverty gap is the poor's average shortfall in expenditures from the poverty line, expressed as a percentage ofthe poverty line (this measure is also known as the expenditure gap ratio). Source: Household Expenditure and Income Data for Transition Economies data set (HEIDE). Labor Force Participation It is not surprising that labor force status is strongly correlated with poverty outcomes in Eastern Europe.

As a result, poverty in Eastern Europe has become much more like poverty in Western Europe-highly correlated with the situation in the formal labor market and the skills of individuals. As the poverty profiles below indicate, in the FSU poverty is not weil correlated with the nature of labor market participation of household members, but neither is it weil correlated with the lack of formal labor market ties. BasicaHy, in the FSU, poverty is more pervasive than in Eastern Europe and not as weH defined.

However, during the reference period for their 32 POVERTY AND SOCIAL ASSISTANCE IN TRANSITION COUNTRIES work (1991 and earlier) the FSU had not broken up, nor had there been the sharp changes in the macroeconomic environment associated with the dissolution of the FSU, so it is not surprising that the earlier time period and the use of official data led Atkinson and Micklewright (1992) to conclude that overall, FSU poverty was not as severe as in many East European countries and that, further, poverty within the FSU was highly heterogeneous (see also Braithwaite, 1991).

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