TITLE

Public relief and social unrest in Newfoundland in the 1930s: An evaluation of the ideas of Piven and Cloward

AUTHOR(S)
Overton, James
PUB. DATE
January 1988
SOURCE
Canadian Journal of Sociology;Winter/Spring1988, Vol. 13 Issue 1/2, p143
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Since the early 1970's the work of Piven and Cloward has been an important source of ideas for those trying to understand changing patterns of state involvement in the provision of a variety of public relief measures and the role that popular mobilization plays in shaping state policy in this area. This paper examines the framework developed by Piven and Coward for analyzing the forces which shape public relief policy, devoting critical attention to the analysis of the impact of poor people's movements on this area of state policy through a discussion of public relief policy and social unrest in Newfoundland in the 1930's. It is argued that, while Piven and Coward's work provides a useful source of questions about the factors which shape relief policy and the politics of public relief, it does not adequately capture the complex and shifting relationship between economic and political crisis, state Policy concerning public relief, law and order and other areas, and the rhythms of social unrest in Newfoundland in the 1930's. The rather simple and mechanistic model developed by Piven and Cloward does not provide an adequate basis for interpreting changes in public relief policy.
ACCESSION #
10429557

 

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics