The Cult of True Victimhood: From the War on Welfare to the War on Terror by Alyson Manda Cole (Paperback, 2006)
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- DescriptionCondemnations of victim politics are a familiar feature of American public life. Politicians and journalists across the ideological spectrum eagerly deunce victimism. Accusations of playing the victim have become a convenient way to ridicule or condemn. President George W. Bush even blamed an Islamic culture of victimization for 9/11. The Cult of True Victimhood shows how the panic about domestic and foreign victims has transformed American politics, warping the language we use to talk about suffering and collective responsibility. With forceful and lively prose, Alyson Cole investigates the ideological underpinnings, cultural manifestations, and political consequences of anti-victimism in an array of contexts, including race relations, the feminist movement, conservative punditry, and the U.S. legal system. Being a victim, she contends, is longer a matter of injuries or injustices endured, but a stigmatizing judgment of individual character. Those who claim victim status are cast as shamefully passive or cynically manipulative. Even the brutalized Central Park jogger came forth to insist that she is t a victim, but a survivor. Offering a fresh perspective on major themes in American politics, Cole demonstrates how this new use of victim to derogate underlies seemingly disparate social and political debates from the welfare state, criminal justice, and abortion to the war on terror.
- Author BiographyAlyson M. Cole is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Queens College, City University of New York. Her articles have appeared in American Studies, Feminist Studies, the Michigan Law Review, and the National Women's Studies Association Journal.
- Author(s)Alyson Manda Cole
- PublisherStanford University Press
- Date of Publication12/10/2006
- SubjectSocial Issues, Services & Welfare
- Place of PublicationPalo Alto
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStanford University Press
- Weight336 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine13 mm
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