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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City


作者  /  Matthew Desmond

出版社 / CROWN

出版日期 / 2016/03/01

商品語言 / 英文

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定價 / NT$980

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「研究徹底、清楚揭示,且最重要的是,這是一本無法被忽略的書,在本書之後,沒有關於住宅的嚴肅討論就不會有關於貧窮的嚴肅討論。」
--《紐約時報》

來自哈佛大學的社會學家、麥克阿瑟天才獎得主Matthew Desmond重要的學術之作,將永遠改變我們看待美國貧窮觀點的報導。

在這本精彩又傷心的書中,Matthew Desmond帶我們走進米爾瓦基最貧窮的社區,訴說8個邊緣家庭的故事。Arleen是一個單親媽媽,在付了破敗公寓的房租後,每月只剩下20美金扶養兩個兒子,Scott是個有毒癮的護士,Lamar沒有腿,要照顧社區裡的男孩子們,還要想方設法擺脫債務,Vanetta在工作時數縮減後,參與了一次失敗的持槍搶劫。他們所有的錢幾乎都花在房租上,身上有的已所剩無幾。

這些家庭的命運掌控在兩個房東手上。他們討厭某些房客,喜愛其他房客,但正如一個房東說的:「愛付不了帳單。」其中一個房東就在聖誕節前幾天,打算把Arleen和她的孩子自公寓驅離。

即便在美國城市最貧窮的區域,驅離在過去是罕見的。但是現今,最貧窮租屋家庭把收入的一半花在住房上,驅離已是稀鬆平常,特別是對單親母親來說。作者以生動、貼近式的散文,觀察了今日美國所面臨的最急切的議題之一。我們看到家庭被迫遷入收容所、髒亂的公寓或更危險的社區,目睹了人類因美國最大的不公所付出的代價,以及人們面對艱困時的決心與智慧。

以多年的田野調查和和數據為基礎,這本傑出之作,改變了我們對極貧窮與經濟剝削的理解,它提供了新的觀點來解決具毀滅性且獨特的美國問題。這個讓人難忘的希望與失落的場景,提醒我們"家"的核心價值,沒有它,什麼事都成不了。

Finalist for the 2016 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction

New York Times Bestseller

From Harvard sociologist and MacArthur "Genius" Matthew Desmond, a landmark work of scholarship and reportage that will forever change the way we look at poverty in America
 
In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. Arleen is a single mother trying to raise her two sons on the $20 a month she has left after paying for their rundown apartment. Scott is a gentle nurse consumed by a heroin addiction. Lamar, a man with no legs and a neighborhood full of boys to look after, tries to work his way out of debt. Vanetta participates in a botched stickup after her hours are cut. All are spending almost everything they have on rent, and all have fallen behind.

The fates of these families are in the hands of two landlords: Sherrena Tarver, a former schoolteacher turned inner-city entrepreneur, and Tobin Charney, who runs one of the worst trailer parks in Milwaukee. They loathe some of their tenants and are fond of others, but as Sherrena puts it, “Love don’t pay the bills.” She moves to evict Arleen and her boys a few days before Christmas.

Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most poor renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers. In vivid, intimate prose, Desmond provides a ground-level view of one of the most urgent issues facing America today. As we see families forced  into shelters, squalid apartments, or more dangerous neighborhoods, we bear witness to the human cost of America’s vast inequality—and to people’s determination and intelligence in the face of hardship.

Based on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, this masterful book transforms our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving a devastating, uniquely American problem. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.







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誠品26碼 /2681380842008
ISBN 13 /9780553447439
ISBN 10 /0553447432
EAN /9780553447439

頁數432
尺寸23.6X17CM
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語言英文
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