Why Americans Hate Welfare: Race, Media, and the Politics of Antipoverty Policy (Google eBook)

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University of Chicago Press, May 13, 2009 - Social Science - 303 pages
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Tackling one of the most volatile issues in contemporary politics, Martin Gilens's work punctures myths and misconceptions about welfare policy, public opinion, and the role of the media in both. Why Americans Hate Welfare shows that the public's views on welfare are a complex mixture of cynicism and compassion; misinformed and racially charged, they nevertheless reflect both a distrust of welfare recipients and a desire to do more to help the "deserving" poor.

"With one out of five children currently living in poverty and more than 100,000 families with children now homeless, Gilens's book is must reading if you want to understand how the mainstream media have helped justify, and even produce, this state of affairs." —Susan Douglas, The Progressive
"Gilens's well-written and logically developed argument deserves to be taken seriously." —Choice

"A provocative analysis of American attitudes towards 'welfare.'. . . [Gilens] shows how racial stereotypes, not white self-interest or anti-statism, lie at the root of opposition to welfare programs." -Library Journal

  

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Review: Why Americans Hate Welfare: Race, Media, and the Politics of Antipoverty Policy

User Review  - Jamie - Goodreads

Actually didn't finish. The premise is really interesting and I was excited to read this, but it's a lot of statistical analysis, graphs, and such; too much for me to push through. I think it's a good book, thoroughly researched and argued, but not what I was expecting to read. Read full review

Review: Why Americans Hate Welfare: Race, Media, and the Politics of Antipoverty Policy

User Review  - Chrissy - Goodreads

great. a bit repetive but good read Read full review

Contents

2 Individualism SelfInterest and Opposition to Welfare
31
3 Racial Attitudes the Undeserving Poor and Opposition to Welfare
60
Statistical Models of Welfare Attitudes
80
5 The News Media and the Racialization of Poverty
102
Causes and Consequences
133
7 Racial Stereotypes and Public Responses to Poverty
154
Public Opinion and Antipoverty Policy
174
9 The Politics of the American Welfare State
204
Appendix
217
Notes
235
Bibliography
265
Index
281
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Martin Gilens is an associate professor of political science and a fellow at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University.

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