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Ben Alpers

Get Real: The Politics of Francis Fox Piven

Francis Fox Piven was born in October of 1932 to Russian Jewish parents, and grew up in Queens, New York. At an early age she was instilled with a questioning and skeptical attitude towards the outside world, something she attributed at least in part to the influence of her father. Contrasting her intellectual inclinations to that of a “positivistic, protestant, American kind of predisposition,” she later commented that “I think I was raised with a much more skeptical view of social life and a view that said if there are severe misdistributions of power or whatever in a society, that Read more