Ghettos, Tramps, and Welfare Queens
Down and Out on the Silver Screen
Reviews and Awards
"While Pimpare has won awards for his previous work and is well-regarded within his fields, this book should be his breakout volume. Exceptional." --Joel Blau, DSW, MSW, Professor of Social Policy; Director of the PhD Program, Stony Brook School of Social Welfare
"Ghettos, Tramps, and Welfare Queens will be widely read in social work, sociology, political science, film studies, and communication. It's a multi-disciplinary tour de force showing how prevailing stereotypes about the poor and homeless get reinforced by popular culture, and film in particular." --Sanford S. Schram, PhD, MA, Professor of Political Science, Hunter College, CUNY
"Pimpare reveals an impressive range of knowledge on 20th century US history, social policy, and film history that is brought to bear on the project. This is a book with sweep, elegantly managed, and made very accessible." --Jose Arroyo, Principal Teaching Fellow, Department of Film and Television Studies, Milburn House, University of Warwick
"Pimpare (American politics and public policy, Univ. of New Hampshire) explores subjects in film that often get little attention but can say more about the American psyche than do popular genres such as the Western and gangster film. The author organizes the book by subject rather than strict chronology--thus, depictions of social workers and charity reformers, inspirational and lifesaving teachers, rural people in poverty, and villainous tramps all have their separate chapters. This ingenious schemata makes for accessible, stand-alone chapters that will certainly be used in the college classroom. Another of the volume's strengths is its broad appeal: it will serve multiple audiences, from historians to social workers and of course scholars of film studies. The preponderance of film stills and advertising materials and the filmographies and bibliography are important resources.
In addition the author writes in a breezy, nonacademic style, and the book is all the stronger for that. But perhaps its greatest strength is the author's desire not to segregate films from their audiences or their makers. This makes for a book that reflects deeply held beliefs about those less fortunate. Pimpare's conclusion offers separate lessons for filmgoers, filmmakers, policy makers, and journalists--a strong way to end the volume." --CHOICE