Corpus ID: 151202069

The Uses of Poverty: The Poor Pay All.

  title={The Uses of Poverty: The Poor Pay All.},
  author={H. Gans},
  journal={Social policy},
  • H. Gans
  • Published 1971
  • Sociology
  • Social policy
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