A Chinese Beggars. Den Poverty and Mobility in an Underclass Community
Schak David C
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Cover Type: Hardcover
Book Condition: As New
Jacket Condition: None Issued
Publisher: University Of Pittsburgh Press
Publisher Place: Pittsburgh
Publisher Year: 1988
Edition: First Edition
Description: 245 pages. Book appears to have hardly been read and is in As new condition throughout.
Publishers Description: In this fascinating study of a community of Chinese beggars, David Schak offers evidence that challenges widely held theories on poverty. It is a path-breaking, systematic anthropological study that challenges long-held beliefs about poverty, and is one of the few works on beggars available.Over a period of seven years, Schak's fieldwork uncovers a structure of leadership, organizational methods, and alms-getting tactics. Moreover, certain members became upwardly mobile and able to leave this lifestyle. The severe stigma of gambling, adultery, and failure to marry proved the stimulus for a younger generation to leave begging behind.