Who's Afraid of Frances Fox Piven?: The Essential Writings of the Professor Glenn Beck Love to Hate

Who's Afraid of Frances Fox Piven?: The Essential Writings of the Professor Glenn Beck Love to Hate

by Frances Fox Piven

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How is it that Frances Fox Piven, a distinguished university professor, past president of the American Sociological Association, and recipient of numerous awards and accolades for her work, could suddenly find herself all over the Interne-and Fox TV-as the subject of a vicious and relentless hate campaign spearheaded by the darling of the right, Glenn Beck?

Is she "an enemy of the constitution" (Glenn Beck)? Or is she "the embodiment of the best of American democracy" (The Nation)?

Who's Afraid of Frances Fox Piven? is a concise, accessible introduction to Piven's thinking, from her early work on welfare rights and "poor people's movements"-written with her late husband, Richard Cloward-through her influential examination of America's voting habits and her most recent work on the possibilities for new movements for progressive reform.

For anyone who is skeptical of the World According to Beck, here is a guide to the authentic ideas behind the media frenzy. This essential guide traces the pioneering trajectory of Frances Fox Piven's work over some fifty years, complete with new introductory material and recently published articles by the professor. Including a revealing interview with the acclaimed author and public philosopher Cornel West, Who's Afraid of Frances Fox Piven? is a major corrective to right-wing bombast-and a celebration of the thinking of one of our most important scholar-activists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595587190
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 08/09/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Frances Fox Piven is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and the author of the bestselling Poor People’s Movements, Regulating the Poor, and Why Americans Don’t Vote (with the late Richard A. Cloward), as well as The War At Home, Keeping Down the Black Vote, and many other books. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 Low-Income People and the Political Process, 1963 l

2 The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty, 1966 18

3 Economic Collapse, Mass Unemployment, and the Rise of Disorder, 1971 41

4 The Structuring of Protest, 1977 67

5 The Welfare Rights Movement, 1977 103

6 Toward a Class-Based Realignment of American Politics: A Movement Strategy, 1983 163

7 Does Voting Matter?, 2000 194

8 The Nature of Disruptive Power, 2006 207

9 Obama Needs a Protest Movement, 2008 227

10 Mobilizing the Jobless, 2010 232

Epilogue: Glenn Beck Targets Frances Fox Piven, 2011 237

Afterword: An interview with Frances Fox Piven by Cornel West 241

Permissions 257

Notes 259

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