Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: November 23, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412959193 | Print ISBN: 9781412959186 | Online ISBN: 9781412959193| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Wilson, William Julius: The Truly Disadvantaged
The Truly Disadvantaged by William Julius Wilson provides criminology the opportunity to discuss the intersection of race, poverty, and crime, which has been a controversial and sensitive topic within the field. Although criminologists are not new to the study of race and crime, interpreting, theorizing, and making policy recommendations have proven more problematic. The numerous works by Wilson, and more specifically The Truly Disadvantaged , have furnished criminology with a context to discuss race, class, and crime, so as to further the understanding of these relationships and their implications for social policy. Wilson's experiences provide the background for his groundbreaking work on race and poverty. Wilson was born in 1935 in Derry Township, Pennsylvania. After his father's unexpected death, he, his mother, and five siblings used public assistance for a short time. He did well in his primary educational years. He graduated from Wilberforce University in Ohio in 1958, with ...