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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

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.

About the Author

Martin Gilens is an associate professor of political science and a fellow at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University.

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:
9780226293653
Author:
Gilens, Martin
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Cram 101
Author:
Cram 101
Author:
Cram101 Textbook Reviews
Author:
Gilens
Author:
All Material Written by Cram101, Materia
Location:
Chicago
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social Services & Welfare
Subject:
Public welfare
Subject:
Public opinion
Subject:
Mass Media - Newspapers
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
Sociology - Social Theory
Subject:
Racism
Subject:
Poverty
Subject:
Mass media and public opinion.
Subject:
Public welfare in mass media.
Subject:
Racism in mass media.
Subject:
Services & Welfare
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Public Policy - Social Services & Welfare
Subject:
Public welfare -- United States.
Subject:
Racism -- United States.
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Subject:
Education-General
Subject:
Sociology-Children and Family
Edition Number:
Pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Studies in Communication, Media, and Public Opinion (Paperback)
Series Volume:
[79]
Publication Date:
20001031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
26 line drawings, 32 tables
Pages:
303
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in

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