Falling from Grace: Downward Mobility in the Age of Affluence / Edition 1

Falling from Grace: Downward Mobility in the Age of Affluence / Edition 1

by Katherine S. Newman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520218426

ISBN-13: 9780520218420

Pub. Date: 02/26/1999

Publisher: University of California Press


Over the last three decades, millions of people have slipped through a loophole in the American dream and become downwardly mobile as a result of downsizing, plant closings, mergers, and divorce: the middle-aged computer executive laid off during an industry crisis, blue-collar workers phased out of the post-industrial economy, middle managers whose positions…  See more details below

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Over the last three decades, millions of people have slipped through a loophole in the American dream and become downwardly mobile as a result of downsizing, plant closings, mergers, and divorce: the middle-aged computer executive laid off during an industry crisis, blue-collar workers phased out of the post-industrial economy, middle managers whose positions have been phased out, and once-affluent housewives stranded with children and a huge mortgage as the result of divorce. Anthropologist Katherine S. Newman interviewed a wide range of men, women, and children who experienced a precipitous fall from middle-class status, and her book documents their stories. For the 1999 edition, Newman has provided a new preface and updated the extensive data on job loss and downward mobility in the American middle class, documenting its persistence, even in times of prosperity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520218420
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
02/26/1999
Edition description:
1ST CALIFO
Pages:
342
Sales rank:
1,031,897
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.25(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1American Nightmares1
2Downward Mobility in the Age of Affluence20
3Rejected Managers and the Culture of Meritocracy42
4The Downwardly Mobile Family95
5Brotherhoods of the Downwardly Mobile143
6Blue-Collar Workers and the Abandonment of Tradition174
7Middle-Class Women in Trouble202
8Falling from Grace229
9Afterword242
Appendix249
Notes255
References301
Index319

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