A death in the Sánchez family

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Random House, 1969 - Social Science - 119 pages
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User Review  - Jaret - Goodreads

This book is much shorter than "The Children of Sanchez" but is written in the same style of first person narratives. Really short but good read. Read full review

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User Review  - Craig - Goodreads

Death in the Sanchez family does not offer nearly the wealth of interior detail about the Sanchez children as Lewis' previous The Children of Sanchez, but it is still a treat to get to spend more time ... Read full review



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Oscar Lewis, an American anthropologist, was renowned for his studies of poverty in Mexico and Puerto Rico and for his controversial concept of "the culture of poverty." After graduating from Columbia University, where he studied under Ruth Benedict, Franz Boas, and Margaret Mead, his first major book, Life in a Mexican Village (1951), was a restudy of Robert Redfield's village of Tepoztlan, which reached a number of conclusions opposed to those reached by Redfield. Much of the controversy over the culture of poverty disappeared when Lewis labeled it a subculture; ironically, reactionaries have used the concept to blame the poor for their poverty, whereas Lewis believed the poor to be victims. Many of his books are based on tape recordings of family members, a technique in which Lewis was a pioneer.

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