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The Resource Blaming the poor : the long shadow of the Moynihan report on cruel images about poverty, Susan D. Greenbaum

Blaming the poor : the long shadow of the Moynihan report on cruel images about poverty, Susan D. Greenbaum

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Blaming the poor : the long shadow of the Moynihan report on cruel images about poverty
Title
Blaming the poor
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the long shadow of the Moynihan report on cruel images about poverty
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Susan D. Greenbaum
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "In 1965, the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan--then a high-ranking official in the Department of Labor--sparked a firestorm when he released his report "The Negro Family," which came to be regarded by both supporters and detractors as an indictment of African American culture. Blaming the Poor examines the regrettably durable impact of the Moynihan Report for race relations and social policy in America, challenging the humiliating image the report cast on poor black families and its misleading explanation of the causes of poverty. A leading authority on poverty and racism in the United States, Susan D. Greenbaum dismantles Moynihan's main thesis--that the so called matriarchal structure of the African American family "feminized" black men, making them inadequate workers and absent fathers, and resulting in what he called a tangle of pathology that led to a host of ills, from teen pregnancy to adult crime. Drawing on extensive scholarship, Greenbaum highlights the flaws in Moynihan's analysis. She reveals how his questionable ideas have been used to redirect blame for substandard schools, low wages, and the scarcity of jobs away from the societal forces that cause these problems, while simultaneously reinforcing stereotypes about African Americans. Greenbaum also critiques current policy issues that are directly affected by the tangle of pathology mindset--the demonization and destruction of public housing; the criminalization of black youth; and the continued humiliation of the poor by entrepreneurs who become rich consulting to teachers, non-profits, and social service personnel. A half century later, Moynihan's thesis remains for many a convenient justification for punitive measures and stingy indifference to the poor. Blaming the Poor debunks this infamous thesis, proposing instead more productive and humane policies to address the enormous problems facing us today. "--
  • "A leading authority on poverty and racism in the United States, Susan D. Greenbaum dismantles Moynihan's main thesis--that the so called matriarchal structure of the African American family "feminized" black men, making them inadequate workers and absent fathers, and resulting in what he called a tangle of pathology that led to a host of ills, from teen pregnancy to adult crime. Drawing on extensive scholarship, Greenbaum highlights the flaws in Moynihan's analysis. She reveals how his questionable ideas have been used to redirect blame for substandard schools, low wages, and the scarcity of jobs away from the societal forces that cause these problems, while simultaneously reinforcing stereotypes about African Americans. Greenbaum also critiques current policy issues that are directly affected by the tangle of pathology mindset--the demonization and destruction of public housing; the criminalization of black youth; and the continued humiliation of the poor by entrepreneurs who become rich consulting to teachers, non-profits, and social service personnel. A half century later, Moynihan's thesis remains for many a convenient justification for punitive measures and stingy indifference to the poor. Blaming the Poor debunks this infamous thesis, proposing instead more productive and humane policies to address the enormous problems facing us today"--
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Dewey number
362.5089/96073
Index
index present
LC call number
E185.86.U52
LC item number
G74 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Blaming the poor : the long shadow of the Moynihan report on cruel images about poverty, Susan D. Greenbaum
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 177 pages
Isbn
9780813574141
Lccn
2014041363
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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(OCoLC)ocn893709643
Label
Blaming the poor : the long shadow of the Moynihan report on cruel images about poverty, Susan D. Greenbaum
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 177 pages
Isbn
9780813574141
Lccn
2014041363
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn893709643

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