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Rethinking social policy : race, poverty, and the underclass, Christopher Jencks

Label
Rethinking social policy : race, poverty, and the underclass
Title
Rethinking social policy
Title remainder
race, poverty, and the underclass
Statement of responsibility
Christopher Jencks
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In a fervent appeal for clearer thinking on social issues, Christopher Jencks reexamines the way Americans think about race, poverty, crime, heredity, welfare, and the underclass. Arguing that neither liberal nor conservative ideas about these issues withstand close scrutiny, he calls for less emphasis on political principles and more attention to specific programs. Jencks describes how welfare policy was dominated in the early 1980s by conservatives who promoted ideas that justified cutting back sharply on the social programs of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society. They believed that a period of sustained economic growth, with low taxes and free markets, would do more to help poor people than coddling them with government assistance. Despite the economic expansion of the later Reagan years, however, the problems of persistent poverty grew even more serious. With clarity and a gift for apt analogy, Jencks analyzes major books on such subjects as affirmative action ( Thomas Sowell), the "safety net" (Charles Murray), the effects of heredity on learning and propensity to commit crime (James Q. Wilson and Richard Herrnstein), ghetto culture and the underclass (William J. Wilson). His intention throughout is "to unbundle the empirical and moral assumptions that traditional ideologies tie together, making the reader's picture of the world more complicated"--in other words, to force us (readers and policymakers) to look at the way various remedial plans actually succeed or fail. For example, he believes that until we transform AFDC so that it reinforces rather than subverts American ideals about work and marriage, efforts to build a humane welfare state will never succeed. Other prescriptions, initially surprising and sometimes shocking, show demonstrable good sense once they are examined. As the author says, "If this book encourages readers to think about social policy more concretely, it will have served its primary purpose."
Cataloging source
DLC
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Jencks, Christopher
Dewey number
361.6/1/0973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HN59.2
LC item number
.J46 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • United States
  • United States
  • Public welfare
  • United States
  • Urban poor
  • Aide sociale
  • Pauvres en milieu urbain
  • États-Unis
  • États-Unis
  • États-Unis
  • Sociale politiek
  • Armoede
  • Rassenverhoudingen
  • Pauvreté
  • Pauvres en milieu urbain
  • Aide sociale
  • États-Unis
  • États-Unis
  • États-Unis
  • Etats-Unis
  • Etats-Unis
Label
Rethinking social policy : race, poverty, and the underclass, Christopher Jencks
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-275) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
23975524
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
vi, 280 pages
Isbn
9780674766785
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
91022781
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (WaOLN)1436590
  • (OCoLC)23975524
Label
Rethinking social policy : race, poverty, and the underclass, Christopher Jencks
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-275) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
23975524
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
vi, 280 pages
Isbn
9780674766785
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
91022781
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (WaOLN)1436590
  • (OCoLC)23975524

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