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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

作者  /  Matthew Desmond


出版日期 / 2017/02/28

商品語言 / 英文

裝訂 / 平裝

定價 / NT$595

售價 / 79折, NT$ 470

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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。




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 /2681423698005
ISBN 13 /9780553447453
ISBN 10 /0553447459
EAN /9780553447453