Riches for the Poor: The Clemente Course in the Humanities

Riches for the Poor: The Clemente Course in the Humanities

by Earl Shorris
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0393320669

ISBN-13: 9780393320664

Pub. Date: 09/01/2000

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

"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

Overview

"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393320664
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2000
Edition description:
Subsequent
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Intentionsxiii
I.Richer Than Rockefeller3
II.A Game of Poverty: Definitions12
III.Born for Each Other25
IV.The Golden Age of Poverty34
V.The Surround of Force40
VI.The Mirror of Force50
VII.The Fallacy of Work59
VIII.Citizenship by Exclusion65
IX.Across Cultures78
X.Political Inventions85
XI.A Prison Epiphany95
XII.Radical Humanism101
XIII.The Clemente Experiment Begins118
XIV.The Bard Course159
XV.The Curriculum173
XVI.Variations and Self-Criticism216
XVII.Other Countries, Other Cultures230
XVIII.Conclusion: A Dangerous Corollary253
Appendix257
Index261

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