Chris Arnade joins Andrew, Derek, and Alastair to talk about his new book, “Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America,” where he tells the stories of how America’s poor find dignity and identity in their forgotten communities.


Intro + the story behind the book, “Dignity” [0:00 – 6:12]

Divisions of society and the heuristic device of “back row” and “front row” [6:12 – 9:05]

Arnade’s understanding of the most fundamental divides in society [9:05 – 11:50]

The differences between the generations of people in the “back row” [11:50 – 16:55]

The way the church figures into the stories of those in the “back row” and “front row” [16:55 – 30:00]

How the “back row” finds ways to bring dignity to their life [30:00 – 37:05]

Arnade’s hopes for those who read “Dignity” + Conclusion [37:05 – 42:30]

Resources mentioned:

Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America

Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

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Finally, as always, follow DerekAndrew, and Alastair for more tweet-sized brilliance. Thanks to Timothy Motte for his sound editing work. And thanks to The Joy Eternal for lending us their music, which everybody should download out of gratitude for their kindness.

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Posted by Caleb Wait

Caleb Wait (MATS, Westminster Seminary California) is a writer and the producer of Mere Fidelity. He and his wife Kristin have two children and live in Northern California. You can follow him on Twitter @calebwait and he invites you to email him at


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