What's Wrong with the Poor? Psychiatry, Race, and the War on Poverty

ISBN-10: 1469608871
ISBN-13: 9781469608877
Edition: 2013
Authors: Mical Raz
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 11/11/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 264
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

In the 1960s, policymakers and mental health experts joined forces to participate in President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty. In her insightful interdisciplinary history, physician and historian Mical Raz examines the interplay between psychiatric theory and social policy throughout that decade, ending with President Richard Nixon's 1971 veto of a bill that would have provided universal day care. She shows that this cooperation between mental health professionals and policymakers was based on an understanding of what poor men, women, and children lacked. This perception was rooted in psychiatric theories of deprivation focused on two overlapping sections of American society: the poor had less, and African Americans, disproportionately represented among America's poor, were seen as having practically nothing.Raz analyzes the political and cultural context that led child mental health experts, educators, and policymakers to embrace this deprivation-based theory and its translation into liberal social policy. Deprivation theory, she shows, continues to haunt social policy today, profoundly shaping how both health professionals and educators view children from low-income and culturally and linguistically diverse homes.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
A Mothers Touch?: From Deprivation to Day Care
Cultural Deprivation?: Race, Deprivation, and the Nature-Nurture Debate
Targeting Deprivation: Early Enrichment and Community Action
Deprivation and Intellectual Disability: From "Mild Mental Retardation" to Resegregation
Environmental Psychology and the Race Riots
Conclusion
Notes
Index

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