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The Politics of Family Values

Program #PIVF-CLOR001. Recorded in St Petersburg, FL on January 22, 1996.

"Family values" is a political football thrown all over the field. It's a rich vein of rhetoric mined by poiticians who can't seem to finish a paragraph without denouncing "deadbeat dads" and "welfare moms." What are the underlying impulses that drive both Democrats and Republicans in making family values such a contentious issue? How do worsening economic conditions affect families? These are some of the topics addressed in this important program.

Speaker(s):

Frances Fox Piven

Frances Fox Piven is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the City University of New York and an internationally renowned authority on poverty and politics. She was a founder of the welfare rights movement and is involved in the Campaign for Media Fairness on Welfare. She's the co-author with Richard Cloward of Regulating the Poor, The New Class War, Why Americans Don't Vote, The Breaking of the American Social Compact and Why Americans Still Don't Vote.

Richard Cloward

Richard Cloward and Francis Fox Piven did pioneering work on poverty, welfare and economic issues. Their classic book is Regulating the Poor. A long-time professor of social work at Columbia and an architect of the welfare rights movement, Cloward died in 2001.

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