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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis


作者  /  J. D. Vance

出版社 / William Collins

出版日期 / 2017/06/01

商品語言 / 英文

裝訂 / 平裝

定價 / NT$495

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自耶魯大學法學院畢業、於矽谷工作的作者J. D. 凡斯(J. D. Vance),從貧窮白人社區成功翻身,以自身的成長背景與經歷,剖析美國白人藍領階級面臨的困境……這是《白人鄉巴佬的輓歌》!

「Hillbilly」為居住於山區的貧窮白人之意,代代無法逃離貧窮,暴力、酗酒、吸毒、家庭破碎是此地區居民的共同點。由於煤礦與鋼鐵產業的沒落,缺乏工作機會,孩子也鮮少有機會接受良好教育,大多無法翻身。當美國走向繁榮,他們成為被忽略的一群……

作者曾就讀耶魯大學法學院,畢業後於矽谷工作,但看似人生勝利組的他,其成長與求學過程並非一帆風順。他的家族來自美國阿帕拉契山的貧窮地區,他沒有父親,母親則有酗酒與藥物成癮問題,而這正是因為她也成長於父母酗酒與暴力充斥的家庭。他是家暴的受害者,童年時期不斷更換住處,繼父一個接著一個換,原本也會與其他的白人鄉巴佬一樣,終其一生無法脫離貧窮與絕望。然而,他的祖母收留了他,從極端貧窮的肯塔基州往北遷移到俄亥俄州,提供他穩定的家庭環境,讓他得以受教育、最終成功翻身。

然而,並不是當地所有貧窮白人都如他這麼幸運。他的鄰居大部分都失業,領社會福利金度日;當地酗酒與吸毒問題嚴重,許多人因為藥物過量而死亡;高中就學率不斷下降,而有機會讀大學的人更是少之又少……大多數人早就放棄階級流動的機會,憤世嫉俗是常見心理,無法控制自己人生的無力感,讓他們傾向於將問題怪罪於他人、社會與政府。

他分析「Hillbilly」歷史、文化、心理與社會現況,描繪白人藍領階級的心態與價值觀,本書不僅是回憶錄,也是歷史、階級與社會分析,更間接說明了川普勝選的原因。作者藉由追溯混亂的家庭歷史與成長過程,探討遭美國主流社會忽略的一群人,也提出真正能帶來改變的關鍵。

'You will not read a more important book about America this year’ Economist

‘A memoir of life in the Trump-voting white working class is the political book of the year’ Sunday Times

‘Hillbilly Elegy’ is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis─that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

The Vance family story begins hopefully in post-war America. J. D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility.

But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance’s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history.

A deeply moving memoir with its share of humour and vividly colourful figures, ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.







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誠品26碼 /2681450398008
ISBN 13 /9780008220563
ISBN 10 /0008220565
EAN /9780008220563

頁數272
尺寸19.7X13X2.1CM
裝訂平裝
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語言英文
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