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A fourth edition of this textbook is now available.
The New Class Society provides a fresh, lucid, and compelling exploration of U.S. class structure, social inequities, and the fading American Dream. This third edition extends the author's distributional model of class analysis and class-based power networks model developed in earlier editions. The narrative has been revised and new, recent examples of topics, issues, and events are included that illustrate how the authors' approach to class analysis directly relates to today's news, social issues, and global developments. The book demonstrates how and why, over the last thirty years, class inequalities in the U.S. have been widened, hardened, and have been legitimized. The text includes new 'Class Issues in the Media' sidebar readings at the end of each chapter and, like earlier editions, is written for a wide audience featuring many insightful figures, tables, and cartoons. This book is an essential text for students and citizens interested in understanding the nature and significance of class structures and inequalities in the U.S. today.
Chapter 1 Class in America Chapter 2 Separate Realities: The Dream and the Iceberg 3 The Global Economy and the Privileged Class 4 The Invisible Class Empire 5 The Information Industry 6 Educating for Privilege: Dreaming, Streaming, and Creaming 7 The Pacification of Everyday Life 8 Class in the Twenty-first Century: Consolidation and Resistance