Different Shade of Gray: Midlife and Beyond in the City

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Overview

An original look at urban aging by the Robert F. Kennedy Book Prize winner.

In a book that Robert B. Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, called "provocative and insightful ….combining revealing details about specific people with thoughtful analysis of the trends that have shaped their lives," Katherine S. Newman, former dean of social sciences at Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and award-winning author of No Shame in My Game, exposes a growing but largely invisible group of Americans: the aging urban underclass.

While an increasing portion of the U.S. population is about to retire—the number of Americans over age sixty-five is expected to double to seventy million in the next thirty years—the experience of middle and old age, as Newman shows, differs dramatically for whites and minorities, for the middle class and the poor, and for those living in the suburbs versus the city. Focusing on the lives of elderly African Americans and Latinos in pockets of New York City where wages are low, crime is often high, and the elderly have few support systems they can rely on, A Different Shade of Gray provides "a well-documented portrait of a little-examined group" (Kirkus Reviews).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595580818
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 5/1/2006
  • Pages: 306
  • Sales rank: 805,154
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Katherine S. Newman is the Malcolm Forbes '41 Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University. She is the author of several books on urban poverty, including No Shame in My Game, which won the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Prize and the Sidney Hillman Book Award in 2000, and Chutes and Ladders. She lives in New York City and Princeton, New Jersey.
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