Hillbilly Elegy | Essay

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Summary of “Hillbilly Elegy. A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis”

Analysis of “Hillbilly Elegy. A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis”

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According to Yale-graduate J.D Vance in the introduction to his book, “Hillbilly Elegy. A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” (2016), modern American culture increasingly encourages social decay.

He argues that the social decay is less of a result of the economic structures, racism and possibilities in the American workforce but rather a result of e.g., isolation and lack of work-ethic, as he himself – coming from that background – with help and support broke the pattern of poverty.

He also mentions that Hillbillies for decades has had poverty and hard work as a family tradition.

As per Vance the culture incentivizes reacting badly to bad circumstances so the economic insecurity millions of working-class white Americans of Scots-Irish descent experience becomes partly self-inflicted

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Movies and shows have for decades centered around the topic of the American dream (TAD). From “The great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a story about Gatsby achieving this dream, to “American beauty” which shows the less idyllic side and dissatisfaction that arises in the pursuit of it.

No other country has a term like this, which begs the question of whether the American dream is truly an idea specific to America or whether the belief of this phenomenon only appertains to America as a result of American exceptionalism.

The introduction to J. D. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy. A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” from 2016, discusses the possible reasons for the decay of social mobility in modern day America.

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