Toward a New Discovery of Poverty

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Barbara Ehrenreich looks back at Michael Harrington’s The Other America, and how the concept of a ‘culture of poverty,’ which became entwined with conservative ideology, has failed to address the actual (economic) problem at hand.

“…If we look closely enough, we’ll have to conclude that poverty is not, after all, a cultural aberration or a character flaw. Poverty is a shortage of money.”


Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →