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Under the affluence : shaming the poor, praising the rich and sacrificing the future of America

Author: Tim J Wise
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : City Lights Books, [2015]
Series: Open Media book.
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""One of the most brilliant, articulate, and courageous critics of white privilege in the nation."--Michael Eric Dyson. "Tim Wise is one of America's most prolific public intellectuals. His critically acclaimed books, high-profile media interviews, and year-round speaking schedule have established him as a leading voice for racial equity. In Under the Affluence, Wise builds on his fierce critique of racial privilege
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tim J Wise
ISBN: 9780872866935 0872866939
OCLC Number: 903424643
Description: 360 pages ; 20 cm.
Contents: I. Pulling apart: the state of disunited America. Joblessness and underemployment in post-recession America ; Poverty, wage stagnation and deprivation amid "recovery" ; Income and wealth inequality: long-term trends and current realities ; But what about mobility? Aren't the poor just temporarily embarrassed millionaires? ; Whodunit? Exploring causes of growing American inequality ; Some final words about race and the economic crisis --
II. Resurrecting Scrooge: rhetoric and policy in a culture of cruelty. Past as prologue: the origins of class and cruelty in America ; The reformation: from social gospel to the New Deal and beyond ; The restoration: backlash, Reaganism and the liberal capitulation ; Bashing the war on poverty: the presumption of failure, the reality of success ; Victim blaming, poverty shaming and culture defaming in modern America ; The real reasons for unemployment, poverty and welfare ; Loving the one percent: the valorization of the rich and powerful ; With justice for none: the implications of a culture of cruelty --
III. Redeeming Scrooge: fostering a culture of compassion. How did we get here? The importance of seeing the roadblocks clearly ; Beyond facts: the importance of storytelling ; Some things are not negotiable: developing a vision of a culture of compassion ; Moving to self-determination: empowering communities to control their destiny.
Series Title: Open Media book.
Responsibility: Tim Wise.

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A scalding indictment of how the wealthy influence the national economy, politics, and media to disadvantage those less fortunate.  Read more...

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"Tim Wise is a truth-teller and long distance freedom-fighter. He is my vanilla brother whose fight against White Supremacy is exemplary and inspiring!"Â Cornel West"[Wise's] work is revolutionary, Read more...

 
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