“Poverty Policy and the Politics of the Poor”
Frances Fox Piven , Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 – 12:15pm
Armitage Hall, 3rd floor, Faculty Lounge
Lunch will be provided
Frances Fox Piven is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Among her books, many co-authored with Richard A. Cloward, are Regulating the Poor, Poor People’s Movements, Why Americans Don’t Vote, Challenging Authority, Keeping Down the Black Vote, and Who’s Afraid of Frances Fox Piven: The Collected Writings of the Professor Glenn Beck Loves to Hate.
Drawing on American history, Piven will present an overview of the two-sided relationship between welfare policy and the politics of the poor. There have been periods in the not-so-distant past when poor people became important political actors in the shaping of social policy. Most of the time, however, including in our own time, policy is designed to inhibit influence by the poor. Piven will delineate the conditions under which policy becomes an instrument to politically suppress the poor, and also, the conditions that encourage more democratic policy-making.
This event is co-hosted by the Urban Studies Program at Rutgers-Camden.
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