Does America Hate the Poor?: The Other American Dilemma Lessons for the 21st Century from the 1960s and the 1970s

Does America Hate the Poor?: The Other American Dilemma Lessons for the 21st Century from the 1960s and the 1970s

by John E. Tropman
     
 

ISBN-10: 027596132X

ISBN-13: 9780275961329

Pub. Date: 09/30/1998

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Tropman examines American values and the two groups that threaten those values. One might wonder why, in the world's wealthiest society, do the poor seem so stigmatized. Tropman's answer is that they represent potential and actual fates that create anxiety within the dominant culture and within the actual poor themselves. The response in society is hatred of the

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Tropman examines American values and the two groups that threaten those values. One might wonder why, in the world's wealthiest society, do the poor seem so stigmatized. Tropman's answer is that they represent potential and actual fates that create anxiety within the dominant culture and within the actual poor themselves. The response in society is hatred of the poor, he contends, and among the poor themselves, self-hatred.

Two groups of poor are analyzed. The status poor—those at the bottom of America's money, deference, power, education, or occupation (and combinations of those). The status poor embody the truth that, in the land of opportunity, not all succeed. The elderly are the life cycle poor. They are deficient of future, and in the land of opportunity, to have one's own life trajectory circumscribe hope is a condition that must be denied. Poorhate is a classic example of blame the victim. Tropman explores the process of poorhate through data from the 1960s and 1970s, and he uses the past to illuminate the probelms of the present, and, hopefully, to assist in crafting a better future. A provocative work for students and scholars of social welfare policy and policymakers themselves.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275961329
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/30/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
188
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile:
1210L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface

Who are the Poor, and Does America Hate Them?

How America Hates the Poor

Poorfare Culture Welfare State

Pictures in Plenty: Conceptions of the Underclass

Laggards and Lushes: Images of the Poor

The Decent Poverty Stricken: Images of the Near Poor

The Overseer of the Poor: View from the County Welfare Office

Mothers: Opinions and Stereotypes

The Life Cycle Poor: Images of the Aged

Images of the Elderly

American Culture and the Aged: Stereotypes and Realties

What the Public Thinks: Older and Younger Adults

Why America Hates the Poor

The Poorfare State: Embodiment and Revelation

Social Exploitation

Mirror of Destiny

References

Bibliography

Index

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