What's Class Got to Do with It?: American Society in the Twenty-First Century / Edition 1

What's Class Got to Do with It?: American Society in the Twenty-First Century / Edition 1

by Michael Zweig
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801488990

ISBN-13: 2900801488992

Pub. Date: 04/28/2004

Publisher: Cornell University Press

"Whether in regard to the economy or issues of war and peace, class is central to our everyday lives. Yet class has not been as visible as race or gender, not nearly as much a part of our conversations and sense of ourselves as these and other 'identities.' We are of course all individuals, but our individuality and personal life chances are shaped—limited or…  See more details below

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"Whether in regard to the economy or issues of war and peace, class is central to our everyday lives. Yet class has not been as visible as race or gender, not nearly as much a part of our conversations and sense of ourselves as these and other 'identities.' We are of course all individuals, but our individuality and personal life chances are shaped—limited or enhanced—by the economic and social class in which we have grown up and in which we exist as adults."—from the IntroductionThe contributors to this volume argue that class identity in the United States has been hidden for too long. Their essays, published here for the first time, cover the relation of class to race and gender, to globalization and public policy, and to the lives of young adults. They describe how class, defined in terms of economic and political power rather than income, is in fact central to Americans' everyday lives. What's Class Got to Do with It? is an important resource for the new field of working class studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900801488992
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction : the challenge of working class studies1
Pt. IThe mosaic of class, race, and gender19
When feminism had class23
How race enters class in the United States35
The tangled knot of race and class in the United States45
Pt. IIClass in a global economy61
Neoliberalism and anticorporate globalization as class struggle63
September 11 and its aftermath through the lens of class77
Global strategies for workers : how class analysis clarifies us and them and what we need to do77
Pt. IIIClass and working people111
Neoliberal social policy and labor market discipline113
Economic crisis, the working class, and organized labor125
Pt. IVClass and young adults141
Young workers, economic inequality, and collective action143
Promises to keep : working class students and higher education161
Across the great divide : crossing classes and clashing cultures168
Notes185
List of contributors201
Index203

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