Poor People's Movements

Poor People's Movements

Why They Succeed, How They Fail

Book - 1979
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Have the poor fared best by participating in conventional electoral politics or by engaging in mass defiance and disruption? The authors of the classic Regulating The Poor assess the successes and failures of these two strategies as they examine, in this provocative study, four protest movements of lower-class groups in 20th century America:
-- The mobilization of the unemployed during the Great Depression that gave rise to the Workers' Alliance of America
-- The industrial strikes that resulted in the formation of the CIO
-- The Southern Civil Rights Movement
-- The movement of welfare recipients led by the National Welfare Rights Organization.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1979
Edition: Vintage Books edition
ISBN: 9780394726977
Branch Call Number: 322.44097 P688P 1979
Characteristics: xxiv, 381 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Cloward, Richard A.

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Apr 20, 2018

It is refreshing to read Piven's work, whose relevance today is so vital.

I especially enjoyed the review of the unemployed workers' movement of the Depression Years. Most of this history I was unaware of. One is concerned of a repeat of these clashes and organizing--tho of the debt-laden students and workers-- in this time of huge income inequality. The similarities are striking.

Mar 04, 2016

When the guillotine and/or bombs are used, they tend to win!


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