Blaming the Victim (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 29, 2010 - Psychology - 368 pages
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The classic work that refutes the lies we tell ourselves about race, poverty and the poorHere are three myths about poverty in America:– Minority children perform poorly in school because they are “culturally deprived.”– African-Americans are handicapped by a family structure that is typically unstable and matriarchal. – Poor people suffer from bad health because of ignorance and lack of interest in proper health care. Blaming the Victim was the first book to identify these truisms as part of the system of denial that even the best-intentioned Americans have constructed around the unpalatable realities of race and class. Originally published in 1970, William Ryan's groundbreaking and exhaustively researched work challenges both liberal and conservative assumptions, serving up a devastating critique of the mindset that causes us to blame the poor for their poverty and the powerless for their powerlessness. More than twenty years later, it is even more meaningful for its diagnosis of the psychic underpinnings of racial and social injustice.


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Really interesting deconstruction of the problematic frameworks and ideologies that prevent addressing the underlying causes of systemic poverty, racism, and injustice. Although outdated in a number ... Read full review

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Contents

How
3
Mammy Observed Fixing the Negro
63
Illegitimate
89
The Culture
117
Slums
171
The Administration of
192
Riots Raids
219
Money Power
245
Notes
289
Appendix
301
Index
341
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William B. F. Ryan and Walter C. Pitman are senior scientistWilliam B. F. Ryan and Walter C. Pitman are senior scientists at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia Univers at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and recipients of the Shepard Medal of excellence in masity and recipients of the Shepard Medal of excellence in marine geology. rine geology.

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