In the Shadow of the Poorhouse by Michael B. Katz
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In the Shadow of the Poorhouse
By Michael B. Katz

In the Shadow of the Poorhouse

A Social History of Welfare in America 10th edition

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In the Shadow of the Poorhouse by Michael B. Katz

Book Description

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 end 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465032105
ISBN-10: 0465032109
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 153mm x 29mm)
Pages: 410
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 20-Nov-1996
Country of Publication: United States

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Books By Author Michael B. Katz

Undeserving Poor by Michael B. Katz Undeserving Poor, Paperback (November 2013)

The Undeserving Poor is a history of the ideas that underlie America's enduring confrontation with poverty. The book shows that poverty remains a national disgrace in part because of the way we define and think about it - which, in turn, shapes the energy we put, or don't put, into its eradication.

Improving Poor People by Michael B. Katz Improving Poor People, Paperback (April 1997)

Why have American governments proved unable to redesign a welfare system that will satisfy anyone? Are there constructive ways to think about welfare, poverty, and public education? This book shows how interpretations of the past, grounded in analytic history, can free us of comforting myths and help us to reframe discussions of these issues.

'Underclass' Debate by Michael B. Katz 'Underclass' Debate, Paperback (November 1992)

A collection of essays, which focus not on individual and family behavior but on a complex set of processes that have been at work over a long period, degrading the inner cities and, inevitably, the nation as a whole.

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Author Biography - Michael B. Katz

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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