Based on empirical and qualitative research methods, chapters focus on the myriad issues of aging for lesbians and gay men including:
Contributors include Judith Barker, Jacqueline Weinstock, Bertram Cohler, and Doug Kimmel, among others.
Gilbert Herdt, PhD, is Director of the National Sexuality Resource Center, and Professor and Director of Human Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University.
A Fulbright scholar, Dr. Herdt worked in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, on which his first book, Guardians of the Flutes (nominated for the National Book Award) and a subsequent BBC film were based. Dr. Herdt was previously on the faculty at Stanford University, and was a professor and chair of the Committee on Human Development at the University of Chicago.
The recipient of many awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and NIHM Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the Ruth Benedict Prize in Anthropology, Herdt has written and edited more than 25 books and 100 journal articles, chapters, monographs, and reports.
"You will not read a more important book about America this year."—The Economist
"A riveting book."—The Wall Street Journal
"Essential reading."—David Brooks, New York Times
Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The disintegration of this group, a process that has been slowly occurring now for more than forty years, has been reported with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.
The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J. D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually one of their grandchildren would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of success in achieving generational upward mobility. But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that J.D.'s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, never fully escaping the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. With piercing honesty, Vance shows how he himself still carries around the demons of his chaotic family history.
A deeply moving memoir, with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.