264 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 10 halftones, notes, index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-2730-4
Published: February 2016
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-0888-4
Published: November 2013
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Awards & distinctions
A 2015 Choice Outstanding Academic Title
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.
About the Author
Mical Raz, M.D., Ph.D., is a physician and historian of medicine. She is author of The Lobotomy Letters: The Making of American Psychosurgery.
For more information about Mical Raz, visit the Author Page.
"A fascinating and disturbing study of how psychology created an unflattering and close to insulting picture of the poor. . . . A superb, groundbreaking study. Excellent. Essential. All levels/libraries."--Choice
“Should be read by any scholar of American post-war history seeking better to understand ‘the risks of using seemingly neutral theories of child development and mental health in attempts to address social problems’ (p. 175).”--Social History of Medicine
"An important contribution . . . [and] a valuable resource."--Journal of Southern History
"One of this book's many strengths is its recognition that the war on poverty was really a war on what well-meaning liberals imagined poverty had done to the lives of the poor."--Bulletin of the History of Medicine
“Address[es] the role of mental health experts in shaping public policy in twentieth-century America.”--Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
"This book is an impressive feat and is filled with revealing connections. Raz provides a model for exactly the kind of multidisciplinary look we need to understand these critical issues."--Barbara Beatty, Wellesley College