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Revisiting Wilsons truly disadvantaged
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Twenty-five years after sociologist William Julius Wilson’s important study of urban decline and vanishing “marriageable men,” poverty is still with us. At least, we’re finding lots of new ways to argue about it, even if our theories are no less sharply divided than the rest of our politics. In 1987, Ronald Reagan-era conservatives were blaming urban “areas of concentrated poverty,” also known as “the ghetto,” largely on the rise in single parenthood and welfare dependency.