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Why Americans Hate Welfare: Race, Media, and the Politics of Antipoverty Policy

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Tackling one of the most volatile issues in contemporary politics, Martin Gilens's work punctures myths and misconceptions about welfare policy, public opinion, and the role of the media in both. Why Americans Hate Welfare shows that the public's views on welfare are a complex mixture of cynicism and compassion; misinformed and racially charged, they nevertheless reflect b ...more
Paperback, 303 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by University Of Chicago Press (first published May 24th 1999)
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This is a really good book in terms of knowledge, citation, argument, and detail. The author obviously put a lot of work into this and did very thorough research. It is a great book to gain some understanding of why the public and the media perceive the poor and people on welfare as they do.

The one downfall is that certain parts of this book are VERY dry. A necessary evil, to be sure, in order to get the amount of cogent detail the author does for some of his arguments. However, it makes this b
Chris Lund
Kind of up and down... some really interesting parts interspersed with some pretty boring parts. Reads like an academic statistical analysis of data drawn from a huge range of surveys generally gauging various aspects of 'modern' and historical American attitudes towards race and poverty, with occasional political commentary. Written almost 20 years ago, so a bit out of date now, but still has some worthwhile info.
Actually didn't finish. The premise is really interesting and I was excited to read this, but it's a lot of statistical analysis, graphs, and such; too much for me to push through. I think it's a good book, thoroughly researched and argued, but not what I was expecting to read.
Elaine Nelson
Couldn't get into this one enough to finish it. Very good and important information, but dry. HIDEOUS charts, too. There's a great popular book hiding in all the data, but this isn't it.
Too many stats and not enough personality in this book. But good info, nonetheless.
A pretty convincing case, but written too academically to be very readable.
lots of good data...but not that interesting between the numbers.
great. a bit repetive but good read
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Martin Gilens is Professor of Politics at Princeton University. His research examines representation, public opinion, and mass media, especially in relation to inequality and public policy.

Professor Gilens is the author of Affluence Influence Economic Inequality and Political Power in America (2012, Princeton University Press) and Why Americans Hate Welfare Race Media and the Politics of Antipover
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