In the Shadow of the Poorhouse: A Social History of Welfare in America / Edition 10

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Overview

With welfare reform a burning political issue, this special anniversary edition of the classic history of welfare in America has been revised and updated to include the latest bipartisan debates on how to β€œend welfare as we know it.”In the Shadow of the Poorhouse examines the origins of social welfare, both public and private, from the days of the colonial poorhouse through the current tragedy of the homeless. The book explains why such a highly criticized system persists. Katz explores the relationship between welfare and municipal reform; the role of welfare capitalism, eugenics, and social insurance in the reorganization of the labor market; the critical connection between poverty and politics in the rise of the New Deal welfare state; and how the War on Poverty of the ’60s became the war on welfare of the ’80s.

This controversial history of welfare in America argues that government must be the source of social progress.

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Library Journal
According to Katz, the American welfare system that nobody likes has been able to resist fundamental change over two centuries because of its symbiosis with the social structure and the political economy. From his analysis of the history of welfare in the United States he finds that there have always been contradictions among its goals: deterrence, discipline, compassion, control, and patronage. Real reform, unlikely in the near future, would require that both social insurance and public assistance be replaced with full employment at fair pay, complemented by a social wage to all who are unable to work or find a suitable job. A stimulating challenge to the benevolent interpretation of welfare in America; recommended for academic and large public libraries. Harry Frumerman , formerly with Economics Dept., Hunter Coll., CUNY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465032105
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Edition description: Anniversar
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 334
  • Sales rank: 214,027
  • Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael B. Katz is the Sheldon and Lucy Hackney Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of numerous books on social policy in America, including The Underserving Poor and Improving Poor People.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 The Origins and Failure of the Poorhouse 3
2 Outdoor Relief 37
3 The Theory and Practice of Scientific Charity 60
4 The Transformation of the Poorhouse 88
5 Saving Children 117
6 Reorganizing Cities 151
7 Reorganizing the Labor Market 185
8 Reorganizing the Nation 213
9 The War on Poverty and the Expansion of Social Welfare 259
10 The War on Welfare 283
11 Redefining the Welfare State [1996] 300
Notes 335
Acknowledgments 373
Index of Authors and Names 375
Index of Subjects 383
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