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Blaming the Victim Mass Market Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0394722269 ISBN-10: 0394722264 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 2 edition (July 12, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394722264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394722269
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“An impassioned, often brilliant expose of middle-class ideology.”—Herbert Gans“An illusion-shatterer of the first order…if you are concerned, you must read this book. It will stop you in your tracks.”—Library Journal

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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. Vimont on February 22, 2001
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The first chapter in this book, alone, makes this a classic for understanding how social problems are dealt with in our individualistic ideological society. His formula for "Blaming the Victim" covers just a couple of pages but is than intellectually expounded upon in this book by analyzing various social problems. Some may consider William Ryan an ideologue; however, I find him to be a practical fellow. He doesn't view the formula for "Blaming the Victim" as inherently evil as some radicals might - he simply finds it as the root cause for not solving social problems in our society. If the root cause of a social problem is the social structure, yet we seek to solve the social problem through, strictly, rehabilitation of the individual, the social problem is left unsolved.
I have taught several classes on poverty, social problems and social welfare and am able to utilize Ryan's book in all of these classes. His presentation is put forward in a common-sense manner, and he provides a rational refutation on commonly held beliefs on problems ranging from poverty to child abuse. This is a book worth getting if for no other reason to reevaluate how we look at problems and more importantly how to go about solving them.
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By Ruby Jefferson on January 24, 2014
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Great Book bought it as a requirement for a Social Problems Class, but it is still a very good read!
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A good lesson in how we should and shouldn't treat problems. And, why good intentions often go awry. Sad but true.
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