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Regulating the poor : the functions of public welfare

Author: Frances Fox Piven; Richard A Cloward
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Updated edView all editions and formats
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"When this groundbreaking work was first published in 1971, it dramatically revised our understanding of the welfare system and its hidden role within the larger socioeconomic framework of the United States. Now the debate over welfare has grown more volatile than ever, and Regulating the Poor has been substantially updated to make it as relevant to the 1990s as it was to the 1960s and 1970s. Marshaling a vast array  Read more...
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Piven, Frances Fox.
Regulating the poor.
New York : Vintage Books, 1993
(OCoLC)562347078
Online version:
Piven, Frances Fox.
Regulating the poor.
New York : Vintage Books, 1993
(OCoLC)608485420
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Frances Fox Piven; Richard A Cloward
ISBN: 0679745165 9780679745167
OCLC Number: 28026493
Notes: "Second Vintage edition"--Title page verso.
Description: xix, 524 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Relief, labor, and civil disorder: an overview --
Economic collapse, mass unemployment, and the rise of disorder --
New Deal and relief --
Enforcing low-wage work: statutory methods --
Enforcing low-wage work: administrative methods --
Welfare explosion of the 1960's --
Agricultural modernization and mass unemployment --
Migration and the rise of disorder in the cities --
Great Society and relief: federal intervention --
Great Society and relief: local consequences --
Poor relief and the dramaturgy of work --
Poor relief and theories of the welfare state.
Responsibility: Frances Fox Piven and Richard A. Cloward.
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"When this groundbreaking work was first published in 1971, it dramatically revised our understanding of the welfare system and its hidden role within the larger socioeconomic framework of the United States. Now the debate over welfare has grown more volatile than ever, and Regulating the Poor has been substantially updated to make it as relevant to the 1990s as it was to the 1960s and 1970s. Marshaling a vast array of research, Frances Fox Piven and Richard A Cloward persuasively demonstrate how public relief has been used to avert civil chaos during economic downturns and to exert pressure on the work force during periods of stability. Their analysis ranges from the early history of poor relief through the inception of welfare during the Great Depression to its massive erosion during the Reagan and Bush years. The authors provide a conceptual framework that sharply illuminates the problems current and future administrations will encounter as they attempt to rethink the welfare system. Admirably specific yet vast in its implications, Regulating the Poor is indispensable reading for anyone who cares about the American social contract."--Back cover.

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