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Why Americans Hate Welfare: Race, Media, and the Politics of Antipoverty Policy (Studies in Communication, Media, and Public Opinion)

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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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African Americans make up 29% of the American poor, yet two-thirds of poor Americans shown in news stories on television and in magazines are black. Gilens (political science, Yale U.) untangles the complicated attitudes Americans have about poverty, welfare, and race, and proves that news organizations routinely "racialize" stories on poverty and have been doing so for decades. He links this racialization of poverty to current public opinion about the role of welfare in American society.
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Synopsis:

Drawing on studies of public attitudes and analyses of more than 40 years of television and newsmagazine stories on poverty, Gilens demonstrates how public opposition to welfare is fed by a potent combination of racial stereotypes and misinformation about the true nature of America's poor. 26 line drawings. 32 tables.

Synopsis:

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

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [235]-279) and index.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

1. The American Welfare State: Public Opinion and Public Policy

2. Individualism, Self-Interest, and Opposition to Welfare

3. Racial Attitudes, the Undeserving Poor, and Opposition to Welfare

4. Assessing Alternative Explanations: Statistical Models of Welfare Attitudes

5. The News Media and the Racialization of Poverty

6. Media Distortions: Causes and Consequences

7. Racial Stereotypes and Public Responses to Poverty

8. Beyond the Attitude Survey: Public Opinion and Antipoverty Policy

9. The Politics of the American Welfare State

Appendix

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226293646
Author:
Gilens, Martin
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
Mass media
Subject:
Social Services & Welfare
Subject:
Public welfare
Subject:
Public opinion
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Capitalism
Subject:
Racism
Subject:
Full employment policies
Subject:
Public opinion -- United States.
Subject:
Mass media and public opinion.
Subject:
Public welfare in mass media.
Subject:
Racism in mass media.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
Mass Media - General
Subject:
Public Policy - Social Services & Welfare
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
Public welfare -- United States.
Subject:
Racism -- United States.
Subject:
Sociology-Children and Family
Subject:
Services & Welfare
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Studies in Communication, Media, and Public Opinion (Hardcover)
Publication Date:
19990531
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
26 line drawings, 32 tables
Pages:
303
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in

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"Synopsis" by , Drawing on studies of public attitudes and analyses of more than 40 years of television and newsmagazine stories on poverty, Gilens demonstrates how public opposition to welfare is fed by a potent combination of racial stereotypes and misinformation about the true nature of America's poor. 26 line drawings. 32 tables.
"Synopsis" by ,
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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