Exposing the assumptions about issues at the center of our national debate
Myths about the Powerless
Contesting Social Inequalities
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edited by M. Brinton Lykes, Ali Banuazizi, Ramsay Liem and Michael Morris, foreword by George W. Albee
This collection examines the realities of social inequality, providing critical analyses of contemporary issues at the center of national debatehomelessness, the underclass, poverty, welfare, unemployment, health and mental health care, and gender and intercultural relations. A scholar and life-long activist, William Ryan's notions of "blaming the victim" and "fair shares vs. fair play" provide potent jumping-off points for the contributors' insights into the struggle for equality and social justice in the 1990s. Their call to unmask the underlying assumptions that sustain inequality offers a compelling challenge to the neoconservative strategy that dominates public debate and legislative agendas.
Foreword George W. Albee
Part I: Introduction
Part II: Inequality, Poverty, and Social Policy
Part III: Beyond Victim Blaming: The Emergence of New Voices
Part IV: Revisiting the Crisis in Health and Mental Health
Part V: Consciousness Raising, Action, and Community Change
Part VI: A Conversation between William Ryan and M. Brinton Lykes
About the Contributors
M. Brinton Lykes is Associate Professor of Psychology, Boston College School of Education, and the co-editor of Gender and Personality: Current Perspectives on Theory and Research.
Ali Banuazizi is Professor of Psychology at Boston College and the author of The New Geopolitics of Central Asia.
Ramsay Liem is Professor of Psychology at Boston College and the co-author of Social Contexts of Health, Illness, and Patient Care.
Michael Morris is Professor of Psychology at the University of New Haven and the co-author of Poverty and Public Policy.
Contributors: S. M. Miller, Dennis P. Culhane, Frances Fox Piven, Richard Cloward, Herbert J. Gans, Joan Huser Liem, Michelle Fine, Toni Genovese, Garah Ingersoll, Pat Macpherson, Rosemarie Roberts, Paula B. Doress-Worters, Jean V. Hardisty, Ellen Leopold, Matthew P. Dumont, Abigail J. Stewart, Sharon God-Steinberg, Bill Berkowitz, Tom Wolff, R. Elizabeth Thomas, Julian Rappaport, Sumner M. Rosen.