Faculty Book: Frances Fox Piven

Frances Fox Piven

Who’s Afraid of Frances Fox Piven?
(New Press, 2011)

The sociologist and political scientist Frances Fox Piven and her late husband Richard Cloward have been famously credited by commentator Glenn Beck with devising the “Cloward/Piven Strategy,” a world view responsible, according to Beck, for everything from creating a “culture of poverty” and fomenting “violent revolution” to causing global warming and the recent financial crisis. Who’s Afraid of Frances Fox Piven? is a concise, accessible introduction to Piven’s actual thinking, from her early work on welfare rights and “poor people’s movements,” written with Cloward, through her influential examination of American voting habits, and her most recent work on the possibilities for a new movement for progressive reform. Piven is a distinguished professor of political science and sociology at the Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: JUL 31, 2012

Category: Faculty Books | Political Science | Sociology