Richard Cloward


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(1926–2005) Richard Cloward was an internationally renowned scholar, social activist, and master teacher. Professor Cloward's books, (many co-authored with his wife, Professor Frances Fox Piven), are found in commercial and college bookstores as well as in libraries throughout the world. His contributions to contemporary issues in the United States include: Why Americans Don't Vote: and Why Politicians Want It That Way; The Mean Season; The New Class War; Reagan's Attack on the Welfare State and Its Consequence; Poor People's Movement: Why They Succeed; How They Fail; The Politics of Turmoil; Essays on Poverty, Race, and the Urban Crisis; and Regulating the Poor: The Functions of Public Welfare. Professor Cloward's scholarship shaped sociological political science, and social welfare inquiry, debate, and public policy. Regulating the Poor, for example, was first published in 1971, translated into Italian and German, received the C. Wright Mills Award, and was listed among the 40 Most Notable Books by the American Library Association.


From Encyclopedia of Social Work in Oxford Reference.

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