Missing Class Portraits of the near Poor in America

ISBN-10: 0807041408

ISBN-13: 9780807041406

Edition: 2008

Authors: Katherine S. Newman, Victor Tan Chen

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Foreword by Senator John Edwards An urgent examination of the lives of millions of hardworking Americans-neither poor nor middle class-who live without a safety net The Missing Class gives voice to the 54 million Americans-including 21 percent of the nation's children-who are sandwiched between poor and middle class. While government programs help the needy and politicians woo the more fortunate, the "Missing Class" is largely invisible and ignored. Through the experiences of nine families, Katherine Newman and Victor Tan Chen trace the unique problems faced by individuals in this large and growing demographic-the "near poor"-who have transformed their lives through hard work and determination. The question for the Missing Class is not whether they're doing better than the truly poor-they are. The question is whether these individuals-on the razor's edge of subsistence-are safely ensconced in the Missing Class or in danger of losing it all. An eloquent argument for the need to think about inequality in a broader way, The Missing Class has much to tell us about whether the American dream still exists for those willing to sacrifice for it. "A vivid, close-up, and often moving look at the urban 'near poor.'" -Barbara Ehrenreich "The Missing Class is a call to action to change America." -Senator John Edwards "Newman and Chen contribute significantly to the dialogue on America's widening inequities." -Publishers Weekly "Just above the artificial 'poverty line,' millions of hard-working people struggle invisibly to gain a foothold on the promise of the American Dream. Their raw hardships and persistent hopes, collected in this book of unflinching portraits, ought to sound the alarm for an America grown complacent." -David Shipler, author of The Working Poor: Invisible in America
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 9/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Foreword
The Missing Class
Whose Neighborhood Is This Anyway?
The American Dream, in Monthly Installments
The Sacrificed Generation
In Sickness and in Health
Romance without Finance Is a Nuisance
On the Edge: Plunging Out of the Missing Class
Missing Class Mobility
Acknowledgments and a Note on Methods
Notes
Index
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