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What's Wrong with the Poor? – Psychiatry, Race, and the War on Poverty - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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What's Wrong with the Poor?: Psychiatry, Race, and the War on Poverty

Mical Raz


In the 1960s, policymakers and mental health experts joined forces to participate in President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty. This interdisciplinary history examines the interplay between psychiatric theory and social policy throughout that decade, ending with President Richard Nixon's 1971 veto of a bill that would have provided universal day care. The book shows that this cooperation between mental health professionals and policymakers was based on an understanding of what poor men, women, and children lacked. This perception was rooted in psychiatric theories of deprivation focused on two ... More

Keywords: policymakers, mental health experts, Lyndon Johnson, War on Poverty, psychiatric theory, social policy, Richard Nixon, universal day care, deprivation, American society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781469608877
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9781469608884_Raz


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mical Raz, author