Class Matters

ISBN-10: 0805080554

ISBN-13: 9780805080551

Edition: 2005 (Revised)

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The acclaimed "New York Times" series on social class in America--and its implications for the way we live our lives We Americans have long thought of ourselves as unburdened by class distinctions. We have no hereditary aristocracy or landed gentry, and even the poorest among us feel that they can become rich through education, hard work, or sheer gumption. And yet social class remains a powerful force in American life. In "Class Matters," a team of" New York Times" reporters explores the ways in which class--defined as a combination of income, education, wealth, and occupation--influences destiny in a society that likes to think of itself as a land of opportunity. We meet individuals in Kentucky and Chicago who have used education to lift themselves out of poverty and others in Virginia and Washington whose lack of education holds them back. We meet an upper-middle-class family in Georgia who moves to a different town every few years, and the newly rich in Nantucket whose mega-mansions have driven out the longstanding residents. And we see how class disparities manifest themselves at the doctor's office and at the marriage altar. For anyone concerned about the future of the American dream, "Class Matters" is truly essential reading. ""Class Matters" is a beautifully reported, deeply disturbing, portrait of a society bent out of shape by harsh inequalities. Read it and see how you fit into the problem or--better yet--the solution!" --Barbara Ehrenreich, author of "Nickel and Dimed" and "Bait and Switch "
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List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 9/2/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

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Up from the Holler: Living in Two Worlds, at Home in Neither
On a Christian Mission to the Top
The College Dropout Boom
No Degree, and No Way Back to the Middle
Fifteen Years on the Bottom Rung
When the Joneses Wear Jeans
The Five-Bedroom, Six-Figure Rootless Life
Old Nantucket Warily Meets the New
Richest Are Leaving Even the Rich Far Behind
In Fiction, a Long History of Fixation on the Social Gap
Angela Whitiker's Climb
Encounters with Class
My Nanny Was a Dreadful Snob
Downwardly Mobile in Birmingham
From the Bronx to Cornell
At the Top of the Bottom in the Segregated South
We Were Poor, but I Didn't Know It
The New York Times Poll on Class
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