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Who Is Frances Fox Piven?

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Frances Fox Piven was married to Richard Cloward until he died in 2001. The most famous and disturbing article that Frances Piven wrote was the article in May of 1966 regarding the poor, “The Weight of the poor: A Strategy to End Poverty”. It is also known as the Cloward-Piven Strategy. This article advocated the increase enrollment of the people in social welfare programs which would in turn cause the collapse of the system and force the government to reforms. This would also lead to a “guaranteed annual income” for everyone. Frances Fox Piven also served as President of the American Sociological Association, protests the government involvement in wars by not paying her taxes when she made her pledge to Writers and Editors War Tax Protest.


Frances Fox Piven’s other works:

– Regulating the Poor written with Richard Cloward, in 1972 about the government welfare system and its power over the lower class.
– Poor Peoples’ Movements, in 1977 About how rebellious social movements can induce important reforms
– Why Americans Don’t Vote, in 1988
– Why Americans Still Don’t Vote published in 2000, a look at the American electoral process and how it influencesthe poor working class from their right to vote
– The War at Home in 2004, a look at the results of the wars demestically, initiated by the Bush administration
– Challenging Authority: How Ordinary People Change America, a look at forceful social movements and politics in creating the political force for reform through out American history

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