The Politics of Family Values
“Family values” is a political football thrown all over the field. It’s a rich vein of rhetoric mined by politicians 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.
Recorded at the University of South Florida.
Frances Fox Piven is a leading activist scholar. She is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at CUNY. She is co-author with Richard Cloward of numerous award-winning books including Regulating the Poor and The Breaking of the American Social Compact. She is the author of Why Americans Still Don’t Vote, The War at Home, Who’s Afraid of Frances Fox Piven and Lessons for Our Struggle.
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.