Welfare Warriors: The Welfare Rights Movement in the United States

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Psychology Press, 2005 - History - 310 pages
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The main purpose of the book is to expand the scope of revisionary studies of the thirties by analyzing novels using recent innovations in critical theory. The book adds to the research of Barbara Foley, Michael Denning, Alan Wald, and others who have challenged Cold-War-era accounts of the decade's socialist and communist culture. The book explores leftist literature from the thirties as balanced between two antithetical philosophical modalities: identity and ideology. Writers create identitarian fiction, he argues, as they attempt to appeal to a mainstream audience using familiar types and patterns culled from mass culture. They engage ideology, on the other hand, when they use narrative as a means of critiquing those same types and patterns using strategies of ideological critique similar to those of their European contemporary Georg Lukács.

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The Origins of the Welfare Rights Movement
Dignity and Representation
More Money Now
In the Name of Equality
Internal Tensions
The Guaranteed Annual Income and FAP
Decline of the Movement

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Practising Welfare Rights
Neil Bateman
No preview available - 2006

About the author (2005)

Premilla Nadasen is Associate Professor of History at Queens College, CUNY. She received her PhD from Columbia University.

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