New Class Society: Goodbye American Dream? / Edition 3

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Charles Derber
Perrucci and Wysong vividly document the end of the middle class and the shameful reality of a two-tiered America. This is sociology that speaks truth to power, opens the conversation we need about social class, and exposes the illusions of the American Dream. Required reading for every American concerned with America.
Sociologists Perrucci (Purdue U.) and Wysong (Indiana U.-Kokomo) describe the transformation of the mid-century, middle-class American society into a bifurcated and polarized two-class society: 20% privileged, and 80% new working class. The first edition appeared about five years ago. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Sociological Focus
Perrucci and Wysong move us toward a clearer and more usable set of linkages between the macro- and the micro-dynamics of class inequality. The authors have opened a window through which students of inequality can better comprehend the relations of power and production that other scholars take for granted.
This is an important book . . . it should revise the thinking of sociologists. Essential.
SSSP Newsletter
The New Class Society is a must-read for anyone interested in social class in the United States.
— Charles Koeber
Contemporary Sociology
The New Class Society is a sociologically rigorous class analysis of capitalist society . . . a populist manifesto that meticulously documents and scathingly indicts the immense increase in class inequality.
This is an important book . . . it should revise the thinking of sociologists. Essential.
Sssp Newsletter - Charles Koeber
The New Class Society is a must-read for anyone interested in social class in the United States.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742545540
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 468
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.07 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Perrucci is professor of sociology at Purdue University and president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. He has served as associate editor of the American Sociological Review, and editor of the American Sociologist, Social Problems, and Contemporary Sociology. Earl Wysong is professor of sociology at Indiana University Kokomo. He is the author of High Risk and High Stakes: Health Professionals, Policy, and Politics.

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Table of Contents

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

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