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La Vida: A Puerto Rican Family in the Culture of Poverty-San Juan and New York


reviewed by Frank M. Cordasco 1967

coverTitle: La Vida: A Puerto Rican Family in the Culture of Poverty-San Juan and New York
Author(s): Oscar Lewis
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Few European scholars (and fewer American savants) have managed to scale the ramparts of academe and carry their intellectual wares into the lay market place; those who have, almost inevitably, have earned the envy and suspicion of their professional confreres, and the countless dollars of dilettantish lay readers who have acquired fashion and prized erudition in frenzied pursuit of the erstwhile academicians. Most often, historians and sociologists (Cesare Lombroso, Guglielmo Ferrero, Oswald Spengler, H. G. Wells, and W. G. Sumner come easily to mind) have made the trek from Parnassus into the valley of discord. Successively, they have titillated, infuriated, amused and mesmerized their lay audiences: they have cast dazzling pearls before raucous crowds, and they have counted ducats; and few have remembered to return home to their Olympian lairs. The latest of the academic itinerants is the anthropologist Oscar Lewis who has studied Blackfeet Indians in Canada, farmers in... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 68 Number 8, 1967, p. 672-672
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2238, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 3:28:14 PM

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