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Falling from Grace: Downward Mobility in the Age of Affluence

Falling from Grace: Downward Mobility in the Age of Affluence
Author: Katherine S. Newman
ISBN 13: 9780520218420
ISBN 10: 520218426
Edition: 1st California pbk. print
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 1999-02-26
Format: Paperback
Pages: 342
List Price: $31.95

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.