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Getting Tough: Welfare and Imprisonment in 1970s America

Julilly Kohler-Hausmann


In 1970s America, politicians began “getting tough” on drugs, crime, and welfare. These campaigns helped expand the nation's penal system, discredit welfare programs, and cast blame for the era's social upheaval on racialized deviants that the state was not accountable to serve or represent. This book sheds light on how this unprecedented growth of the penal system and the evisceration of the nation's welfare programs developed hand in hand. The book shows that these historical events were animated by struggles over how to interpret and respond to the inequality and disorder that crested durin ... More

Keywords: 1970s America, modern America, drugs, crime, social upheaval, penal system, inequality, disorder, social movements, U.S. welfare state

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780691174525
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691174525.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julilly Kohler-Hausmann, author
Cornell University