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Blaming the Victim

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The classic work that refutes the lies we tell ourselves about race, poverty and the poor

Here 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307760357
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Subject:
Psychology : General
Author:
Ryan, William
Subject:
Social Science : Sociology - Urban
Subject:
City and state planning and urban development
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Subject:
Sociology-Urban Studies
Subject:
Sociology-Poverty
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
19760712
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
368

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Health and Self-Help » Psychology » General
History and Social Science » American Studies » Poverty
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Urban Studies » General

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