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Book review: hillbilly elegy: a memoir of a family and culture in crisis by J.D. Vance

Carrol, Peter (2017) Book review: hillbilly elegy: a memoir of a family and culture in crisis by J.D. Vance. LSE Review of Books (20 Jan 2017). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

In Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, former marine and Yale Law School graduate J.D. Vance offers a personal account of growing up in – and eventually leaving – an impoverished white working-class ‘hillbilly’ community experiencing social and economic crisis. While the book has been praised for offering insights into why Donald Trump proved so attractive to the US white working class in the 2016 Presidential election, Peter Carrol is less convinced by Vance’s broader and overtly politicised sociological analysis of his community. Nonetheless, he finds the vividness of Vance’s unflinching recollections compelling.

Item Type: Website (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/
Additional Information: © 2017 The Author © CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Sets: Collections > LSE Review of Books
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2017 17:41
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2017 08:53
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/69272

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