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Katz, Michael B. 1939-2014

Works: 67 works in 399 publications in 3 languages and 20,557 library holdings
Genres: History  Case studies  Conference papers and proceedings  Abstracts 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
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Most widely held works about Michael B Katz
Most widely held works by Michael B Katz
Improving poor people : the welfare state, the "underclass," and urban schools as history by Michael B Katz( )

27 editions published between 1995 and 2001 in English and held by 2,592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why have American governments proved unable to redesign a welfare system that will satisfy anyone? Why has public policy proved unable to eradicate poverty and prevent the deterioration of major cities? What strategies have helped poor people survive the poverty endemic to urban history? How did urban schools become unresponsive bureaucracies that fail to educate most of their students? Are there fresh, constructive ways to think about welfare, poverty, and public education? Throughout the book Katz shows how interpretations of the past, grounded in analytic history, can free us of comforting myths and help us to reframe discussions of these great public issues
In the shadow of the poorhouse : a social history of welfare in America by Michael B Katz( Book )

28 editions published between 1986 and 1998 in English and held by 2,222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the origins of social welfare in the United States, from the days of the colonial poorhouse through the current tragedy of the homeless, and explains why the disliked and often criticized system still exists
Reconstructing American education by Michael B Katz( Book )

16 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One nation divisible : what America was and what it is becoming by Michael B Katz( )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"American society today is hardly recognizable from what it was a century ago. Integrated schools, an information economy, and independently successful women are but a few of the remarkable changes that have occurred over just a few generations. Still, the country today is influenced by many of the same factors that revolutionized life in the late nineteenth century - immigration, globalization, technology, and shifting social norms - and is plagued by many of the same problems, including economic, social, and racial inequality. One Nation Divisible, a history of twentieth-century American life by Michael B. Katz and Mark J. Stern, weaves together information from the latest census with a century's worth of data to show how trends in American life have changed while inequality and diversity have endured." "On Nation Divisible examines all aspect so of work, family, and social life to paint a broad picture of the American experience over the long arc of the twentieth century. Katz and Stern track the transformations of the U.S. workforce, from the farm to the factory to the office tower. Technological advances at the beginning and end of the twentieth century altered the demand for work, causing large population movements between regions. These labor market shifts fed both the explosive growth of cities at the dawn of the industrial age and the sprawling suburbanization of today. On Nation Divisible also discusses how the norms of growing up and growing old have shifted. Whereas the typical life course once involved early marriage and living with large, extended families, Americans today commonly take years before marrying or settling on a career path, and often live in non-traditional households. Katz and Stern examine the growing influence of government on trends in American life, showing how new laws have contributed to more diverse neighborhoods and schools, and increased opportunity for minorities, women, and the elderly. One Nation Divisible also explores the abiding economic paradox in American life: while many individuals are able to climb the financial ladder, inequality of income and wealth remains pervasive throughout the society." "The last hundred years have been marked by incredible transformations in American society. Great advances in civil rights have been tempered significantly by rising economic inequality. One Nation Divisible provides a compelling new analysis of the issues that continue to divide this country and the powerful role of government in both mitigating and exacerbating them."--Jacket
The price of citizenship : redefining the American welfare state by Michael B Katz( Book )

22 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 1,290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Katz shows how these changes are propelling America toward a future of increased inequality and decreased security as individuals compete for success in an open market with ever fewer protections against misfortune, power, and greed. And he shows how these trends are transforming citizenship from a right of birth into a privilege available only to the fully employed."--BOOK JACKET
The undeserving poor : from the war on poverty to the war on welfare by Michael B Katz( Book )

14 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and Italian and held by 1,258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book deals with the issue of poverty and our failure to deal with it. The author examines the ideas and assumptions that have shaped pubic policy from Johnson's War on Poverty to Reagan's war on welfare. He probes the categories used to describe poor people ('deserving' and 'undeserving'), reassesses the work of the influential thinkers, and exposes the ideological bias of such controversial concepts as 'the culture of poverty' and, more recently, 'the underclass.' In both the conservative and the liberal camps, he identifies a peculiar American tendency to blame poverty on the individual deficiencies of the poor, rather than on the social forces that generate it. -- Publisher description
The irony of early school reform; educational innovation in mid-nineteenth century Massachusetts by Michael B Katz( Book )

27 editions published between 1968 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book suggests that the creation of public school systems was essentially a conservative response to rapid industrialization and that myths about the history of public education have hindered reform by masking weaknesses inherent in its origins
Class, bureaucracy, and schools; the illusion of educational change in America by Michael B Katz( Book )

26 editions published between 1971 and 1977 in English and held by 1,196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Despite periodic reform movements, the American educational system has remained essentially unchanged since about 1885, when it was established as "universal, tax-supported, free, bureaucratically organized, class-biased, and racist." Bureaucracy emerged as the dominant structure because it is the most practical method of keeping the lower orders orderly and regulating social mobility. Their failure to recognize the integral relationship between the bureaucratic organization of educational and certain class-bound values accounts for the failure of educational reformers past and present. In the various chapters, the book concentrates on the years between 1800 and 1885, which was the critical period for the formation of the American educational system. It attempts to show how and why that structure came to be and, at less length, point out the continuities throughout the past century. Chapter I presents the major organizational alternatives proposed for urban public education at a time when its structure was problematical. Chapter ii complements the essentially static analysis of organizational models. The final chapter considers the proposed thesis in relation to present educational reform and concludes with a few concrete suggestions for reformers. (Author/SB)
Why don't American cities burn? by Michael B Katz( )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 863 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Urban historian Michael B. Katz traces the collision of urban transformation with the rightward-moving social politics of late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century America
Poverty and policy in American history by Michael B Katz( Book )

14 editions published between 1983 and 2013 in English and held by 855 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poverty and Policy in American History is about people who needed help in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It is about the ways in which the perception of poverty and other forms of dependence affected the development of public programs and the conduct of voluntary reform. It also about the ways in which people have written about welfare. The book contains three chapters and opens with a description of the life and death of a poor family in early twentieth-century Philadelphia based on case records. It attempts to show many of the themes in the lives of the poor through the close
The people of Hamilton, Canada West : family and class in a mid-nineteenth-century city by Michael B Katz( Book )

24 editions published between 1975 and 2013 in English and held by 844 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The "Underclass" debate : views from history by Michael B Katz( Book )

13 editions published between 1993 and 1997 in English and held by 827 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thirteen papers explore the African American experience of poverty and ghetto formation; forces shaping contemporary urban poverty; and mobility and family strategies among groups differentiated by ethnicity, race, and labor market position. The introduction, "The Urban 'Underclass' as a Metaphor of Social Transformation" (M.B. Katz), is followed by: (1) "Southern Diaspora: Origins of the Northern 'Underclass'" (J. Jones); (2) "Blacks in the Urban North: The 'Underclass Question' in Historical Perspective" (J.W. Trotter, Jr.); (3) "The Structures of Urban Poverty: The Reorganization of Space and Work in Three Periods of American History" (T.J. Sugrue); (4) "Housing the 'Underclass'" (D.W. Bartelt); (5) "The Ethnic Niche and the Structure of Opportunity: Immigrants and Minorities in New York City" (S. Model); (6) "The Emergence of 'Underclass' Family Patterns, 1900-1940" (K.M. Neckerman); (7) "Poverty and Family Composition Since 1940" (M.J. Stern); (8) "Social Science, Social Policy, and the Heritage of African-American Families" (A.T. Miller); (9) "The Black Poor and the Politics of Opposition in a New South City, 1929-1970" (R.D.G. Kelley); (10) "Nineteenth-Century Institutions: Dealing with the Urban 'Underclass'" (E.H. Monkkonen); (11) "Urban Education and the 'Truly Disadvantaged': The Historical Roots of the Contemporary Crisis, 1945-1990" (H. Kantor and B. Brenzel); and (12) "The State, the Movement, and the Urban Poor: The War on Poverty and Political Mobilization in the 1960s" (T.F. Jackson). A conclusion, "Reframing the 'Underclass' Debate" (M.B. Katz), shows how the book points away from considering the pathology of the underclass toward the processes that are increasing it. (Sld)
Education in American history: readings on the social issues by Michael B Katz( Book )

5 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 746 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The undeserving poor : America's enduring confrontation with poverty by Michael B Katz( Book )

10 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 737 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: First published in 1989, The Undeserving Poor was a critically acclaimed and enormously influential account of America's enduring debate about poverty. Taking stock of the last quarter century, Michael B. Katz's new edition of this classic is virtually a new book. As the first did, it will force all concerned Americans to reconsider the foundations of our policies toward the poor, especially in the wake of the Great Recession that began in 2008. Katz highlights how throughout American history, the poor have been regarded as undeserving: people who do not deserve sympathy because they brought their poverty on themselves, either through laziness and immorality, or because they are culturally or mentally deficient. This long-dominant view sees poverty as a personal failure, serving to justify America's mean-spirited treatment of the poor. Katz reminds us, however, that there are other explanations of poverty besides personal failure. Poverty has been written about as a problem of place, of resources, of political economy, of power, and of market failure. Katz looks at each idea in turn, showing how they suggest more effective approaches to our struggle against poverty. The Second Edition includes important new material. It now sheds light on the revival of the idea of culture in poverty research; the rehabilitation of Daniel Patrick Moynihan; the resurgent role of biology in discussions of the causes of poverty, such as in The Bell Curve; and the human rights movement's intensified focus on alleviating world poverty. It emphasizes the successes of the War on Poverty and Great Society, especially at the grassroots level. It is also the first book to chart the rise and fall of the "underclass" as a concept driving public policy
Public education under siege by Mike Rose( )

9 editions published in 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 721 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Proponents of education reform are committed to the idea that all children should receive a quality education, and that all of them have a capacity to learn and grow, whatever their ethnicity or economic circumstances. But though recent years have seen numerous reform efforts, the resources available to children in different municipalities still vary enormously, and despite landmark cases of the civil rights movement and ongoing pushes to enact diverse and inclusive curricula, racial and ethnic segregation remain commonplace. Public Education Under Siege examines why public schools are in such difficult straits, why the reigning ideology of school reform is ineffective, and what can be done about it
The social organization of early industrial capitalism by Michael B Katz( Book )

15 editions published between 1982 and 1999 in English and German and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

School reform : past and present by Michael B Katz( Book )

6 editions published in 1971 in English and Undetermined and held by 503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

W.E.B. DuBois, race, and the city : the Philadelphia Negro and its legacy( Book )

8 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1896, W.E.B. DuBois began research that resulted three years later in the publication of his great classic of urban sociology and history, The Philadelphia Negro. Today, a group of the nation's leading historians and sociologists celebrate the centenary of his project through a reappraisal of his book. Motivated by DuBois's deeply humane vision of racial equality, they draw on ethnography, intellectual and social history, and statistical analysis to situate DuBois and his pioneering study in the intellectual milieu of the late nineteenth century, consider his contributions to the subsequent social scientific and historical studies of the city, and assess the meaning of his work for today
Education and social change : themes from Ontario's past( Book )

3 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mixed economy of social welfare : public/private relations in England, Germany, and the United States, the 1870's to the 1930's( Book )

9 editions published in 1996 in English and German and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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In the shadow of the poorhouse : a social history of welfare in America
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In the shadow of the poorhouse : a social history of welfare in AmericaReconstructing American educationOne nation divisible : what America was and what it is becomingThe price of citizenship : redefining the American welfare stateThe undeserving poor : from the war on poverty to the war on welfareThe irony of early school reform; educational innovation in mid-nineteenth century MassachusettsWhy don't American cities burn?The "Underclass" debate : views from history