A Qualitative Census of Rural and Urban Poverty

J. Trent Alexander, Robert Andersen, Peter W. Cookson, Kathryn Edin, Jonathan Fisher, David B. Grusky, Marybeth Mattingly, Charles Varner

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Abstract

If we want to build authentic evidence-based policy, we need a strong descriptive foundation of evidence on the everyday experience of poverty. The National Poverty Study (NPS), which is currently in development, provides this foundation with a new “qualitative census” of the everyday conditions of poverty in rural, suburban, and urban sites. The NPS will allow us to build new evidence-based theories of poverty, evaluate and improve existing place-based antipoverty policies, validate official poverty measures, and assist local communities in improving the safety net for vulnerable populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-161
Number of pages19
JournalAnnals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Volume672
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)

Keywords

  • census
  • everyday life
  • poverty
  • qualitative research

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    Alexander, J. T., Andersen, R., Cookson, P. W., Edin, K., Fisher, J., Grusky, D. B., Mattingly, M., & Varner, C. (2017). A Qualitative Census of Rural and Urban Poverty. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 672(1), 143-161. https://doi.org/10.1177/0002716217714156