The Broken Fountain: Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition

The Broken Fountain: Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition

by Thomas Belmonte
     
 

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Belmonte describes Fontana del Re, an impoverished Neapolitan neighborhood, documenting the struggles of Neapolitans surrounded by crumbling buildings and economic insecurity. Resisting standard depictions of the social and moral lives of the poor, Belmonte presents nuanced portraits of his subjects. He was also one of the first anthropologists to reflect on his

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Belmonte describes Fontana del Re, an impoverished Neapolitan neighborhood, documenting the struggles of Neapolitans surrounded by crumbling buildings and economic insecurity. Resisting standard depictions of the social and moral lives of the poor, Belmonte presents nuanced portraits of his subjects. He was also one of the first anthropologists to reflect on his own reactions and emotions. He describes the traumatic experience of living alone in a strange urban environment and his social interactions with the residents of Fontana del Re.

Columbia University Press

Editorial Reviews

Anatole Broyard
At a time when we have so much difficulty understanding poverty in our own country, it is interesting to look at some other country's poor, to examine their anger and frustration. . . . The forms taken by their aggressions and their defenses, the configurations of their pride and their sense of self, the degree to which they fall back on love for consolation, or on friendship. . .This is what Thomas Belmonte does in The Broken Fountain.
New York Times Book Review
In a book of uncommon eloquence, Mr. Belmonte . . . has drawn a series of unsparing portraits showing us how these people live.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231501088
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
03/23/2012
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
280
File size:
1 MB

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