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Oscar Lewis

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Oscar Lewis was born in New York City in 1914 and grew up on a small farm in upstate New York. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University in 1940, and taught at Brooklyn College and Washington University before helping to found the anthropology department at the University of Illinois, where he was a professor from 1948 until his death. From his first visit to Mexico in 1943, Mexican peasants and city dwellers were among his major interests. In addition to The Children of Sanchez, his other studies of Mexican life include Life in a Mexican Village, Five Families...

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Big Four

Written by Oscar Lewis


Format: eBook, 418 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: December 5, 2012
Price: $14.99

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The Children of Sanchez
Autobiography of a Mexican Family
Written by Oscar Lewis


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 29, 2011
Price: $14.99

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The Children of Sanchez
Autobiography of a Mexican Family
Written by Oscar Lewis


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 29, 2011
Price: $18.00

A pioneering work from a visionary anthropologist, The Children of Sanchez is hailed around the world as a watershed achievement in the study of poverty—a uniquely intimate investigation, as poignant today as when it was first published.

It is the epic story of the Sánchez family, told entirely by its members—Jesus, the... Read more >
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Sea Routes to the Gold Fields

Written by Oscar Lewis


Format: eBook, 286 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: December 5, 2012
Price: $19.99

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Silver Kings

Written by Oscar Lewis


Format: eBook, 286 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: December 5, 2012
Price: $17.99

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