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Jul 12, 1976
| ISBN 9780394722269
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Dec 29, 2010
| ISBN 9780307760357
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Jul 12, 1976 | ISBN 9780394722269
Dec 29, 2010 | ISBN 9780307760357
The classic work that refutes the lies we tell ourselves about race, poverty and the poor.Here are three myths about poverty in America:
– Minority children perform poorly in school because they are “culturally deprived.”– African-Americans are handicapped by a family structure that is typically unstable and matriarchal.– Poor people suffer from bad health because of ignorance and lack of interest in proper health care.
Blaming the Victim was the first book to identify these truisms as part of the system of denial that even the best-intentioned Americans have constructed around the unpalatable realities of race and class. Originally published in 1970, William Ryan’s groundbreaking and exhaustively researched work challenges both liberal and conservative assumptions, serving up a devastating critique of the mindset that causes us to blame the poor for their poverty and the powerless for their powerlessness. More than twenty years later, it is even more meaningful for its diagnosis of the psychic underpinnings of racial and social injustice.
Dr. William Ryan was a sociologist, writer, researcher, and consultant in the fields of mental health, community planning, and social problems. He published many articles in professional journals and national magazines. Dr. Ryan participated for many years in direct demonstrations, pamphleteering,… More about William Ryan
“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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