1st Edition

Welfare Racism Playing the Race Card Against America's Poor

    Welfare Racism analyzes the impact of racism on US welfare policy. Through historical and present-day analysis, the authors show how race-based attitudes, policy making, and administrative policies have long had a negative impact on public assistance programs. The book adds an important and controversial voice to the current welfare debates surrounding the recent legilation that abolished the AFDC.

    Chapter 1 Seeing Welfare Racism; Chapter 2 Conceptualizing “Welfare Racism”; Chapter 3 Welfare Racism in the Early Years of Public Assistance; Chapter 4 Welfare Racism as a Defense Against Challenges to White Supremacy; Chapter 5 The Demise of AFDC as a Legacy of White Racial Backlash; Chapter 6 Welfare Reform as Race Population Control; Chapter 7 After AFDC and the Return of States’ Rights-Era Welfare Racism; Chapter 8 Confronting Welfare Racism;


    Kenneth J. Neubeck

    "It is a powerful expose of a deeply-rooted form of racism that hits poor people in general, not just those of color...These engaged scholars clearly tell us all to open our eyes wide." -- Multidiversity
    "Welfare Racism shows the ways racist attitudes and administrative policies and practices have long undermined public assistance programs...More than most academic researchers who deal with welfare reform, Neubeck and Cazenave ask a range of critical political and moral questions about the meaning of welfare reform that moves the reader to wonder about who we are as a nation and what policymakers think about women, people of color, the poor, and the near poor...Welfare Racism is a well-documented study that show how welfare policy can be understood in connection with racialized public assistance attitudes, policymaking, and administrative practices that function to maintain white economic advantages over blacks." -- Contemporary Sociology 31, 4
    "Few social welfare scholars have provided a fully race-centered perspective on U.S. welfare policy. Neubeck and Cazenave's well-documented and readable study takes a giant step toward filling this unforgivable gap-without ignoring the dynamics of gender and class...The book is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand but also to change U.S. public policy." -- Mimi Abramovitz, author of Under Attack, Fighting Back: Women and Welfare in the United States
    "Welfare racism is an important book. It forces the reader to rethink the contemporary history of welfare policy..This is a book that effectively brings to the surface the discriminatory nature of allegedly neutral social policies. And that is not just good scholarship; it is a significant public service." -- Sanford F. Schram, author of After Welfare: The Culture of Postindustrial Social Policy
    "[A] bracing and illuminating analysis that should change the way we think about American welfare policy..Neubeck and Cazenave show definitively that the politics of welfare cannot be explained unless we attend to contemporary racism." -- Francis Fox Piven, author of The Breaking of the American Social Compact
    "Whites have long believed that most welfare recipients and most poor people are black. Such myths are so stereotyped, irrational, and off the mark that they cry out for deeper structural and cultural analysis-which is provided with great depth and thoroughness in this momentous book. Bravo to this first comprehensive analysis of welfare racism in the United States!" -- Joe R. Feagin, Professor of Sociology, University of Florida
    "[T]his is an important book which deserves to be widely read and discussed. It certainly succeeds in drawing attention to the on-going role of race in welfare policy." -- Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare