Why Americans Hate Welfare: Race, Media, and the Politics of Antipoverty Policy / Edition 1

Why Americans Hate Welfare: Race, Media, and the Politics of Antipoverty Policy / Edition 1

by Martin Gilens
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226293645

ISBN-13: 9780226293646

Pub. Date: 05/28/1999

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Drawing on surveys of public attitudes and analyses of more than forty 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. But white Americans don't oppose welfare simply because they think it…  See more details below

Overview

Drawing on surveys of public attitudes and analyses of more than forty 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. But white Americans don't oppose welfare simply because they think it benefits blacks; rather, they think it benefits "undeserving" blacks who would rather live off the government than work, a perception powerfully fueled by the media's negative coverage of the black poor. The public's views on welfare, Gilens shows, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226293646
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Series:
Studies in Communication, Media, and Public Opinion Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
303
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
1The American Welfare State: Public Opinion and Public Policy11
2Individualism, Self-Interest, and Opposition to Welfare31
3Racial Attitudes, the Undeserving Poor, and Opposition to Welfare60
4Assessing Alternative Explanations: Statistical Models of Welfare Attitudes80
5The News Media and the Racialization of Poverty102
6Media Distortions: Causes and Consequences133
7Racial Stereotypes and Public Responses to Poverty154
8Beyond the Attitude Survey: Public Opinion and Antipoverty Policy174
9The Politics of the American Welfare State204
Appendix217
Notes235
Bibliography265
Index281

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