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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.


The worldview adopted by many Aussies too


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



Life at the Bottom : The Worldview That Makes the Underclass

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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): 15.2 x 22.5  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.39