Herbert Gans to give lecture for Dodd Year program (Rleased: 4/12/96)
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by Luis Mocete, Office of University Communications.
STORRS, Conn. -- Herbert Gans, a professor of sociology at Columbia University and a perceptive critic of American life, will lecture April 17 and 18 at the University of Connecticut's Storrs campus and at the School of Social Work in West Hartford.
Gans, author of The War Against the Poor: The Underclass and Antipoverty Policy, questions some of the common assumptions made about poverty. The poor, he argues, are not different from the rest of America; for the most part they share the same aspirations as the middle class. The poor are held to higher standards of behavior than what is tolerated among wealthier people, he argues.
Because of this, poor people find it difficult to get good jobs because employers believe that they are lazy, violent and prone to crime, he added.
Gans' lectures are part of the University s continuing observance of Fifty Years After Nuremberg: Human Rights and the Rule of Law.