|I.||Richer Than Rockefeller||3|
|II.||A Game of Poverty: Definitions||12|
|III.||Born for Each Other||25|
|IV.||The Golden Age of Poverty||34|
|V.||The Surround of Force||40|
|VI.||The Mirror of Force||50|
|VII.||The Fallacy of Work||59|
|VIII.||Citizenship by Exclusion||65|
|XI.||A Prison Epiphany||95|
|XIII.||The Clemente Experiment Begins||118|
|XIV.||The Bard Course||159|
|XVI.||Variations and Self-Criticism||216|
|XVII.||Other Countries, Other Cultures||230|
|XVIII.||Conclusion: A Dangerous Corollary||253|
Riches for the Poor: The Clemente Course in the Humanitiesby Earl Shorris
Pub. Date: 09/17/2000
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
"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
"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.
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