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Riches for the Poor: The Clemente Course in the Humanities

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"You've been cheated," Earl Shorris tells a classroom of poor people in New York City. "Rich people learn the humanities; you didn't. . . . It is generally accepted in America that the liberal arts and humanities in particular belong to the elite. I think you're the elite." In this groundbreaking work, Shorris examines the nature of poverty in America today. Why are people poor, and why do they stay poor? Shorris argues that they lack politics, or the ability to participate fully in the public world; knowing only the immediacy and oppression of force, the poor remain trapped and isolated. To test his theory, Shorris creates an experimental school teaching the humanities to poor people, giving them the means to reflect and negotiate rather than react. The results are nothing short of astonishing. Originally published in hardcover under the title New American Blues.

Synopsis:

"You've been cheated," Earl Shorris tells a classroom of poor people in New York City.

Synopsis:

"Rich people learn the humanities; you didn't. . . . It is generally accepted in America that the liberal arts and humanities in particular belong to the elite. I think you're the elite." In this groundbreaking work, Shorris examines the nature of poverty in America today. Why are people poor, and why do they stay poor? Shorris argues that they lack politics, or the ability to participate fully in the public world; knowing only the immediacy and oppression of force, the poor remain trapped and isolated. To test his theory, Shorris creates an experimental school teaching the humanities to poor people, giving them the means to reflect and negotiate rather than react. The results are nothing short of astonishing. Originally published in hardcover under the title

About the Author

Earl Shorris is the author of Under the Fifth Sun: A Novel of Pancho Villa, Latinos: A Biography of the People, In the Language of Kings: An Anthology of Mesoamerican Literature (with Miguel León-Portilla), and many other books. He received the National Humanities Medal and the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393320664
Author:
Shorris, Earl
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Experimental Methods
Subject:
Poverty
Subject:
Poor
Subject:
Poor -- United States.
Subject:
Poverty -- United States.
Edition Number:
Rev. ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
87-15
Publication Date:
20000931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.22x5.44x.75 in. .72 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , "Rich people learn the humanities; you didn't. . . . It is generally accepted in America that the liberal arts and humanities in particular belong to the elite. I think you're the elite." In this groundbreaking work, Shorris examines the nature of poverty in America today. Why are people poor, and why do they stay poor? Shorris argues that they lack politics, or the ability to participate fully in the public world; knowing only the immediacy and oppression of force, the poor remain trapped and isolated. To test his theory, Shorris creates an experimental school teaching the humanities to poor people, giving them the means to reflect and negotiate rather than react. The results are nothing short of astonishing. Originally published in hardcover under the title
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