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- DescriptionThree Worlds of Relief examines the role of race and immigration in the development of the American social welfare system by comparing how blacks, Mexicans, and European immigrants were treated by welfare policies during the Progressive Era and the New Deal. Taking readers from the turn of the twentieth century to the dark days of the Depression, Cybelle Fox finds that, despite rampant nativism, European immigrants received generous access to social welfare programs. The communities in which they lived invested heavily in relief. Social workers protected them from soping immigration agents, and ensured that ncitizenship and illegal status did t prevent them from receiving the assistance they needed. But that same helping hand was t extended to Mexicans and blacks. Fox reveals, for example, how blacks were relegated to racist and degrading public assistance programs, while Mexicans who asked for assistance were deported with the help of the very social workers they turned to for aid. Drawing on a wealth of archival evidence, Fox paints a riveting portrait of how race, labor, and politics combined to create three starkly different worlds of relief. She debunks the myth that white America's immigrant ancestors pulled themselves up by their bootstraps, unlike immigrants and mirities today. Three Worlds of Relief challenges us to reconsider t only the historical record but also the implications of our past on contemporary debates about race, immigration, and the American welfare state.
- Author BiographyCybelle Fox is assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the coauthor of Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings.
- PrizesWinner of American Political Science Association Latino Caucus Latino Politics Best Book Award 2012. Runner-up for Society for the Study of Social Problems C. Wright Mills Award 2012. Joint winner for American Sociological Association Comparative & Historical Sociology Section Barrington Moore Award 2014 and American Sociological Association - Political Sociology: Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship 2013.
- Author(s)Cybelle Fox
- PublisherPrinceton University Press
- Date of Publication09/04/2012
- SubjectSocial Issues, Services & Welfare
- Series TitlePrinceton Studies in American Politics: Historical, International and Comparative Perspectives
- Place of PublicationNew Jersey
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPrinceton University Press
- Content Note1 halftone. 11 line illus. 5 tables. 2 maps.
- Weight571 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine30 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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