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Surviving Poverty Surviving Poverty Creating Sustainable Ties among the Poor Joan Maya Mazelis NEW YORK UN IVE RSIT Y PRES S New York NEW YORK UNIVERSITY PRESS New York© 2017 by New York University All rights reserved References to Internet websites (URLs) were accurate at the time of writing. Neither the author nor New York University Press is responsible for URLs that may have expired or changed since the manuscript was prepared. ISBN: 978-1-4798-7359-3 (hardback) ISBN: 978-1-4798-7008-0 (paperback) For Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication data, please contact the Library of Congress. New York University Press books are printed on acid-free paper, and their binding materials are chosen for strength and durability. We strive to use environmentally responsible suppliers and materials to the greatest extent possible in publishing our books. Manufactured in the United States of America 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Also available as an ebook Dr. Steven Shapiro, my English teacher during my senior year of high school, once told me, “Whatever you decide to do in life, make sure that it matters, and that it matters to you.” I dedicate this book to Nancy Brook (Jacobs) LaFrenz (1974–2005) and to Joe Cytrynbaum (1972–2009), for reminding me what matters. And to Amelia and Sam, and to all the children of the study participants whose stories appear in this book: may the world grow kinder, and may we all work together to make it so. ...


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