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

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Overview


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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520218420
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 2/26/1999
  • Edition description: 1ST CALIFO
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 342
  • Sales rank: 989,711
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author


Katherine S. Newman is Ford Foundation Professor of Urban Studies, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and the author of No Shame in My Game: The Working Poor in the Inner City (1999), Declining Fortunes: The Withering of the American Dream (1994), and Law and Economic Organization (1983).
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Table of Contents

Preface
1 American Nightmares 1
2 Downward Mobility in the Age of Affluence 20
3 Rejected Managers and the Culture of Meritocracy 42
4 The Downwardly Mobile Family 95
5 Brotherhoods of the Downwardly Mobile 143
6 Blue-Collar Workers and the Abandonment of Tradition 174
7 Middle-Class Women in Trouble 202
8 Falling from Grace 229
9 Afterword 242
Appendix 249
Notes 255
References 301
Index 319
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