A Chinese Beggars' Den: Poverty and Mobility in an Underclass Community

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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 ...

A Chinese Beggars' Den: Poverty and Mobility in an Underclass Community 1988, University of Pittsburgh Press

ISBN-13: 9780822938224

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A Chinese Beggars' Den: Poverty and Mobility in an Underclass Community 1988, University of Pittsburgh Press

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