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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (December 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081473670X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814736708
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #937,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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”[A] challenging and disturbing account of the impact of stereotypes in politics. Anyone interested in the means by which the poor, the unpopular, and the alienated are kept from participating in politics to demand better treatment should read this book.”

-Frank R. Baumgartner,coauthor of Agendas and Instability in American Politics

”For those concerned about inequality and democratic theory in America, Hancock’s introduction alone, in which she frames the characteristics of politics of disgust, makes the book worthwhile.”

-Perspectives on Politics

The Politics of Disgust is a very thoughtful, theoretically sophisticated, empirically rich analysis of the discourse of welfare reform.”

-Political Science Quarterly

”An important contribution to our understanding.”

-Perspectives on Politics

”[An] excellent and outstanding book; Ange-Marie Hancock has established herself without doubt as a rising star in political science.”

-Gerald Horne,author of Race War! White Supremacy and the Japanese Attack on the British Empire

”Brilliantly conceived and executed. . .[A] stunning work of public policy that, if embraced, could radically change 'welfare'—and America—as we know it.”

-Robin D. G. Kelley,author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination

About the Author

Ange-Marie Hancock is assistant professor of political science and African American studies at Yale University.

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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robin Orlowski on December 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
When welfare was originally developed in the 1930's, the white women who were elgible for this government assistance (the rolls were racially segregated until the 1960's) were supposed to go on welfare and stay at home with their children to meet the 'ideal' WASP gender role of the homemaker.

Even if they lacked a male breadwinner (as was the social norm back then) these women were also supposed to remain at home with their children. The assumption was that the monthly welfare payment would provide another chance for these families to assimilate to 'proper' gender roles about women not working outside the home.

Yet, when those programs began intergrating in the 1960's, the nation subsequently began hearing about the alleged flaws of the 'welfare queen'. Now, women who wanted to stay at home with their children were reduced to parasites. Welfare reform attempts were not new (Nixon attempted them in the early 1970's) but the bipartisan support for 'ending welfare as we know it' was unprecedented.

The 'welfare reform' charge became so compelling that even 'new' Democrat Bill Clinton signed the 1996 overall, despite himself having grown up in poverty --- and thus being able to personally understand the reasons why women would need to use public assistance.

Because the actual payment levels had not kept up with minimum cost of living state estimates by the 1990's, it was actually impossible to become rich off of the monthly welfare check. Despite these compelling statistics, the government recognized that keeping other people in a frenzy about 'waste' in this most conservative of industrialized nations offered more political rewards.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda Scope on June 16, 2013
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The book is very forthright and tells much about the mechanics of political messaging that guides public opinion.. It will help me help those less fortunate.
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By Will Diaz on January 24, 2015
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One of the best books on poverty research. Very complete, has quantitative and qualitative research. Amazing book.
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