Regulating the Poor: The Functions of Public Welfare
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 8, 2012 - Social Science - 544 pages
Piven and Cloward have updated their classic work on the history and function of welfare to cover the American welfare state's massive erosion during the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton years. The authors present a boldly comprehensive, brilliant new theory to explain the comparative underdevelopment of the U.S. welfare state among advanced industrial nations. Their conceptual framework promises to shape the debate within current and future administrations as they attempt to rethink the welfare system and its role in American society.
"Uncompromising and provocative....By mixing history, political interpretation and sociological analysis, Piven and Cloward provide the best explanation to date of our present situation...no future discussion of welfare can afford to ignore them."
—Peter Steinfels, The New York Times Book Review
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I read this book as an undergrad and my lasting impression is that it went on forever. As a resource on poverty and the welfare system, this book can't be beat. It's worth the time but is so chock full of information that it warrants more than one glance. Read full review
RELIEF AND THE POLITICAL PROCESS
The New Deal and Relief
Relief and the Urban Crisis
Agricultural Modernization and Mass Unemployment
Migration and the Rise of Disorder in the Cities
THE FEDERAL STRATEGY IN TIIE cITIEs
Poor Relief and the Dramaturgy of Work