On Challenging Authority: An Oral History Interview with Frances Fox Piven

  • Benjamin Shepard City University of New York


In 2002, Reflections ran an oral history/narrative interview with Richard A. Cloward. In addition to Cloward's voice, the interview included a few observations from Frances Fox Piven, Cloward's long time partner and collaborator. In the years which followed, those involved with Reflections discussed the idea that Piven's voice needed a more prominent place in this journal. So the author reached out to Piven, one of the preeminent social welfare scholars of her generation. On August 16, 2007, Piven sat for her own oral history interview with Reflections.

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