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Author Newman, Katherine S., 1953-

Title The missing class : portraits of the near poor in America / Katherine S. Newman and Victor Tan Chen
Published Boston : Beacon Press, [2007]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 258 pages)
Contents 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 : falling out of the missing class -- Missing class mobility
Summary This book gives voice to the 57 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, sociologists Newman and 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. Newman and Chen explain where these families came from, how they've struggled to make a decent living, and why they're stuck without a safety net.--From publisher description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Poor -- United States.
Poverty -- United States.
Working class -- United States.
United States -- Economic conditions.
Form Electronic book
Author Chen, Victor Tan, 1976-
LC no. 2007013553
ISBN 0807041416 (electronic bk.)
9780807041413 (electronic bk.)