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vii Contents Preface ix Acknowledgments xiii Introduction: Social Ties among the Poor in an Era of Unprecedented Inequality 1 1. Keep Working to Be What You Want: The Power of Individualism 27 2. I Stay to Myself: Avoidance of Social Ties 59 3. The Only Way We’re Going to Survive: Social Ties as a Survival Strategy 91 4. What Goes around Comes Around: Reciprocity in a Poor People’s Social Network 120 5. Our Strength Is in Our Unity: Sustainable Social Ties 144 Conclusion: Creating Change on the Outskirts of Hope 165 Appendix: Research Design, Methods, and Data Analysis 195 Notes 219 References 255 Index 273 About the Author 283 ...