author={Ida Susser},
  journal={Annual Review of Anthropology},
  • I. Susser
  • Published 21 October 1996
  • Sociology, Economics
  • Annual Review of Anthropology
▪ Abstract The review focuses on analyses of the creation of culture among poor populations in the United States whose lives have been structured by residing at the center of the global economy. Literature is examined concerning the changing construction of labor, space, time, and identity in the new poverty. Throughout, the review examines the generation of poverty and questions of gender, race, political mobilization, and resistance. This outline of current research provides a framework for… 

The Return to the Family: Welfare, State, and Politics of the Family in Turkey

This article examines the transformation of the Turkish state’s social work policy to engage recent debates in anthropology about welfare restructuring and neoliberalism. Building on ethnographic

Informal Housing in the Heart of the New West: An Examination of State Toleration of Illegality in Calgary

Abstract: Despite the lack of systemic examination of the extent and manifestations of informal housing in Canadian cities, there is consistent evidence that it does occur and is tolerated by

Inequality, violence, and gender relations in a global city: New York, 1986–1996

In the 1980s and 1990s, the transformation of the United States toward a global and information‐oriented economy has precipitated changing expectations and opportunities for working class men and

The Anthropology of Welfare “Reform”: New Perspectives on U.S. Urban Poverty in the Post-Welfare Era

▪ Abstract Anthropological research on welfare restructuring differs from most poverty research conducted by U.S. policy analysts and many other social scientists by its situating the study of

The Making of Space, Race and Place

■ This article examines New York City's war on graffiti from 1970 until the present and the ways in which the city's reaction to the popular youth practice was largely shaped by the neoliberal

Governing the “New Hometowns”: Race, Power, and Neighborhood Participation in the New Inner City

Inner city residents, once shunned and ignored by city planners, are now seen as a vital resource in United States urban redevelopment plans. This shift in perspective has come at a time when

How does it feel to be a problem? The Diasporic Identity of the Homeless

  • M. Asadi
  • Sociology
    Qualitative Sociology Review
  • 2013
In this paper I uncover the identity response of the homeless to structural constraints that are facilitated through objectively produced and mass mediated culture. After an initial period of

Theorizing the City

■ The city as a site of everyday practice provides valuable insights into the linkages of the global capitalist economy with the texture and fabric of human experience. My comments focus on cities as

Theorizing the City

■ The city as a site of everyday practice provides valuable insights into the linkages of the global capitalist economy with the texture and fabric of human experience. My comments focus on cities as



The Anthropology Of Poverty In Black Communities: A Critique And Systems Alternative

Reliance on the community study method, and a desire to refute the culture of poverty thesis (Lewis 1959), led ethnographers to preclude investigations of societal determinants of poverty, and to

The Cost of Racial and Class Exclusion in the Inner City

Discussions of inner-city social dislocations are often severed from the struggles and structural changes in the larger society, economy, and polity that in fact determine them, resulting in undue

Culture and Structure in The Truly Disadvantaged

THIS ARTICLE OFFERS a critical analysis of W. J, Wilson's landmark work on urban poverty, The Truly Disadvantaged. Wilson's book analyzes the relationship between macroeconomic change (primarily

Another Look at The Truly Disadvantaged

In the aftermath of the controversy generated in 1965 by the Moynihan report on the black family, empirical research on inner-city poverty and other social dislocations ground to a halt. In the past

Norman Street: Poverty and Politics in an Urban Neighborhood

Introduction to the Updated Edition 1. Introduction 2. A Changing Neighborhood 3. A Changing Workplace and Its Consequences 4. The Welfare System: Interaction Between Officials and Clients 5. The

The Local and the Global: The Anthropology of Globalization and Transnationalism

This review examines current anthropological literature concerned with migration and other forms of population movement, and with the movement of information, symbols, capital, and commodities in

Myth and reality: The causes and persistence of poverty

Policies directed at alleviating poverty rest on a set of assumptions regarding the demographic composition of the poor and the psychological dispositions of poor individuals. Evidence from a

Family, Race, and Poverty in the Eighties

  • M. B. Zinn
  • History
    Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
  • 1989
The 1960s Civil Rights movement overturned segregation laws, opened voting booths, created new job opportunities, and brought hope to Black Americans. As long as it could be said that conditions were

The Anthropology of Lower Income Urban Enclaves

The goal of this essay is to address some general concerns about the anthropology of lower income urban enclaves. I will describe some of the theoretical and conceptual inadequacies involved in the

The Crossroads of Class and Gender

In this innovative exploration of the interaction between economic processes and social relations, Lourdes Beneria and Martha Roldan examine the effect of homework on gender and family dynamics.