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Author Gring-Pemble, Lisa M.
Title Grim fairy tales : the rhetorical construction of American welfare policy / Lisa M. Gring-Pemble.
Imprint Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2003.

Author Gring-Pemble, Lisa M.
Series Praeger series in political communication, 1062-5623
Praeger series in political communication.
Subject Public welfare -- United States.
Welfare state.
United States -- Social policy.
Description xiv, 239 pages ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [215]-229) and index.
Contents Welfare legislation is symbolic : an introduction -- American social welfare policy in context, 1600-1935 -- American social welfare policy in context, 1936-2003 -- "Are we going to now govern by anecdote?" : a portrait of the misfortunate, the feckless, the young, and the fathers -- Legislating a "normal classic family" : the rhetorical construction of families in American welfare policy -- In search of an exigence to warrant reform : public opinion, policy research, and anecdotal evidence -- American welfare policy and the ineluctable appeal of language : conclusion and implications.
ISBN 0275978702 (alk. paper)
OCLC # 52375052
Table of Contents
 Series Foreword / Robert E. Denton, Jr. 
IThe Changing Faces of American Welfare Policy: Historical Roots of Contemporary Welfare Legislation1
1Welfare Legislation Is Symbolic: An Introduction3
2American Social Welfare Policy in Context, 1600-193517
3American Social Welfare Policy in Context, 1936-200353
IIRhetorical Constructions of Welfare Recipients and Welfare Families in U.S. Congressional Hearings, Debates, and Legislation87
4"Are We Going to Now Govern by Anecdote?": A Portrait of the Misfortunate, the Feckless, the Young, and the Fathers89
5Legislating a "Normal Classic Family": The Rhetorical Construction of Families in American Welfare Policy137
IIIThe Rhetorical Force of Depiction in American Welfare Policy167
6In Search of an Exigence to Warrant Reform: Public Opinion, Policy Research, and Anecdotal Evidence169
7American Welfare Policy and the Ineluctable Appeal of Language: Conclusion and Implications197

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