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Life at the Bottom : The Worldview That Makes the Underclass :  The Worldview That Makes the Underclass - Theodore Dalrymple

Life at the Bottom : The Worldview That Makes the Underclass

The Worldview That Makes the Underclass


Published: March 2003
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This is a searing account of life in the underclass and why it persists as it does, written by a British psychiatrist who treats the poor in a slum hospital and a prison in England. Dr. Dalrymple's key insight is that long-term poverty is caused not by economics but by a dysfunctional set of values.



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The worldview adopted by many Aussies too


from Sydney

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Great Insights
  • Well Written


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    Keep buying this book for friends - always gets good feedback. Great writer.

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    Truthful-therefore morally courageous and intellectually rigorous. -- Norman Podhoretz Dalrymple's vivid writing and often heartbreaking stories rise above his deeply felt social analysis. Publishers Weekly Brilliant social analysis...a master chronicle of life at the bottom. -- Hilton Kramer Lucid, unsentimental, and profoundly honest...Dalrymple is one of the great essayists of our age. -- Denis Dutton, Editor, Arts & Letters Daily This devastating account and analysis of underclass life-and the elite ideas which support it-is a classic for our times. -- Thomas Sowell, Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University It is a truism that ideas have consequences, but a truism is rarely illustrated as implacably as in this book. -- George F. Will, syndicated columnist for The Washington Post Theodore Dalrymple is the best doctor-writer since William Carlos Williams. -- Peggy Noonan Mr. Daniels's best essays cast a spell almost from the opening line. New York Sun A landmark experience is reading Life at the Bottom... Detroit Free Press Once in a long while a writer comes along with a vision so powerful that it shakes you. Theodore Dalrymple is that kind of writer. -- Bruce Ramsey Liberty Press

    Introductionp. vii
    Grim Reality
    The Knife Went Inp. 5
    Goodbye, Cruel Worldp. 15
    Reader, She Married Him--Alasp. 26
    Tough Lovep. 36
    It Hurts, Therefore I Amp. 48
    Festivity, and Menacep. 58
    We Don't Want No Educationp. 68
    Uncouth Chicp. 78
    The Heart of a Heartless Worldp. 89
    There's No Damned Merit in Itp. 102
    Choosing to Failp. 114
    Free to Choosep. 124
    What Is Poverty?p. 134
    Do Sties Make Pigs?p. 144
    Lost in the Ghettop. 155
    And Dying Thus Around Us Every Dayp. 167
    Grimmer Theory
    The Rush from Judgmentp. 181
    What Causes Crime?p. 195
    How Criminologists Foster Crimep. 208
    Policemen in Wonderlandp. 221
    Zero Intolerancep. 233
    Seeing Is Not Believingp. 244
    Indexp. 257
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    ISBN: 9781566635059
    ISBN-10: 1566635055
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 284
    Published: March 2003
    Publisher: Ivan R Dee, Inc
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
    Weight (kg): 0.42