Praxis for the Poor: Piven and Cloward and the Future of Social Science in Social Welfare

Praxis for the Poor: Piven and Cloward and the Future of Social Science in Social Welfare

Praxis for the Poor: Piven and Cloward and the Future of Social Science in Social Welfare

Praxis for the Poor: Piven and Cloward and the Future of Social Science in Social Welfare

Synopsis

"Schram poses an important challenge for those who would like to restore to political science its sometime concern with power and inequality." - American Politics Book Review.

This wonderfully lucid, well developed volume should perhaps have been called Suggested Praxis for the Poor, since, instead of describing the current state of welfare, the author argues for a revamped praxis that would rescue our failing programs. Highly recommended. - Library Journal "Praxis for the Poor offers a thought-provoking, even moving, challenge to progressive intellectuals. Engagingly written, it shines a bright light on issues of research, advocacy, and the doleful character of the country's system of social welfare." - Ira Katznelson, Columbia University

"A significant achievement. This is a passionate critique that embodies the very politically-engaged scholarship for which it calls." - Nancy Campbell, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Praxis for the Poorputs the relationship of politics to scholarship front and center through an examination of the work of Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward. Piven and Cloward proved that social science could inform social-policy politics in ways that helped energize a movement.Praxis for the Pooroffers a critical reflection on their work and builds upon it, demonstrating how a more politically-engaged scholarship can contribute to the struggle for social justice.Necessary reading for political scientists, sociologists, social workers, social welfare activists, policy-makers, and anyone concerned with the plight of the poor and oppressed,Praxis for the Poorshows how social science can play a role in building a better future for social welfare.

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