Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better America.
Booklist Reviews 2019 December #1
In a time of prosperity and economic recovery, millions of young people continue to face alienation, disconnection, and lack of access to education and good jobs. Kim, vice president of domestic policy at the Progressive Policy Institute, tells the stories of these youths, considers the points at which their lives went off track, and lays out solutions for the problem of disengagement. In defiance of stereotypes of lazy and unmotivated youth, Kim depicts young people who are eager to break into the workforce but face personal and structural obstacles that sabotage their efforts at every turn. Poor public education discourages students from finishing school; decades of redlining and other racist policies create geographical and social barriers to employment; and generational poverty engenders a deficit of social capital like robust professional networks, access to mentors, and awareness of office norms. For children aging out of foster care or with a history of involvement in the juvenile justice system, the challenges are even greater. Abandoned is a smart, solutions-focused examination of an often-overlooked social crisis. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.
PW Reviews 2019 December #2
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