In the Shadow of the Poorhouse: A Social History of Welfare in America (10th edition)

In the Shadow of the Poorhouse: A Social History of Welfare in America (10th edition)

By: Michael B. Katz (author)Paperback

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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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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."


The Poorhouse Era * The Origins and Failure of the Poorhouse Poverty * Outdoor Relief * The Theory and Practice of Scientific Charity * The Transformation of the Poorhouse Building The Semi-Welfare State * Saving Children * Reorganizing Cities * Reorganizing the Labor Market * Reorganizing the Nation From The War On Poverty To The War On Welfare * The War on Poverty and the Expansion of Social Welfare * The War on Welfare

Product Details

  • publication date: 20/11/1996
  • ISBN13: 9780465032105
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 410
  • ID: 9780465032105
  • weight: 500
  • ISBN10: 0465032109
  • edition: 10th edition

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