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Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities Paperback – Jan 2009

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  • Paperback: 285 pages
  • Publisher: AHA! Process (January 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934583359
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934583357
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 18 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #337,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
N/A Oct. 27 2013
By gacooley22 - Published on
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This book contains priceless information about working with people living in poverty. Unfortunately, it was very difficult, and at times impossible, to read the charts in the Kindle edition. This was very poorly done and should be corrected.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great eye opening book March 18 2012
By Christian Rose - Published on
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I am currently working with homeless families and families in poverty and this book has helped educate me on their culture, and how to best help them. Great book!
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Perpetuates stereotyping and discriminatory practices Sept. 9 2013
By Clara G. Thomas - Published on
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I find that the authors' assumptions wrongly stereotypes people, obscures the exceptions to the description of what poor people are taught to believe and gives the wrong impression for which standardized methods to assist people are then formed. For example, to propagate the idea that poor women are taught to use their bodies to make money if they come from a poor family is unjust. By stating this opinion as a fact of generational poverty, without even offering substantiated proof, has the potential of giving caseworkers false impressions about all poor women and thus could undermine concern for the situation the woman is experiencing as well as prevent women from getting the appropriate assistance needed. Perpetuating these stereotypes of woman encourages discrimination and could be the reason women are still prevented from receiving wages equivalent to men as well as undermining corporate advancement opportunities for all women.

In the workbook the authors state that "hundreds of thousands of professionals have already been exposed to and inspired by Dr. Payne's understanding of economic diversity and many towns, cities, counties and some States have begun making changes based on her conjectures." If this model is so successful for assisting the poor by unjustly stereotyping their belief systems then where are the positive results? The government should "first do no harm." To create and utilize programs modeled on the unjust stereotyping of individuals into standardized categories will not successfully help any individual overcome poverty and is perpetuating the problem by forcing individuals into discriminatory definitions used by community leaders, professionals in education, social services, health care, law enforcement, corrections, business; according to the author's own words. The CDC refers to this institutional stereotyping as one of the three types of racism and seeks to eradicate it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very nicely packaged to protect the book April 22 2012
By Lynn F - Published on
Format: Paperback
Very nicely packaged to protect the book. This is required reading for Bridges to Circles volunteers. Some parts of the book are very helpful in understanding generational poverty and ways to overcome it. Of course, by necessity the descriptions are often stereotypical but still give an accurate overview of people in poverty. When working with individuals, their particular and different situations and personalities must be uncovered. Just as with any relationship, one must listen carefully and respect each person.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
no nonsense April 5 2014
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This book was used as a text book for my social work class. The information presented may be offensive to some in that the author basically advocates for Anglo-protestant acculturation. The reality of our society is that most of the rules governing behavior and the likely hood of success are these "hidden rules" shown in the book. While the author does neglect some of the cultural tools useful to minorities, the point of the book is to show social workers, educators, and others how to help their clients achieve success.