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Fear of falling: the inner life of the middle class

Author: Ehrenreich, Barbara Publisher: Perennial, 1990.Language: EnglishDescription: 292 p. ; 20 cm.ISBN: 0060973331Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical references and index
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Print HT600.33 .U7 E47 1990
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Includes bibliographical references and index


Fear of Falling The Inner Life of The Middle Class Contents Acknowledgments INTRODUCTION THE CLASS IN THE MIDDLE CHAPTER ONE AFFLUENCE, DREAD, AND THE DISCOVERY OF POVERTY vii 3 17 The Problem of Problemlessness Sociology and the Specter of Class The Blight of Affluence The Sources of Dread Feminism and "Progressive Demoralization" Poverty Discovered Infantilizing the Poor CHAPTER TWO THE MIDDLE CLASS ON THE DEFENSIVE 19 22 29 34 38 42 48 57 The Threat of the Left The Intellectual Backlash "Permissiveness" Enters Politics The Youth Revolt as Class Treason The Professions as Class Fortress Middle-Class Childraising: Ambivalence and Anxiety The Revenge of the Lower Class 59 64 68 75 78 82 91 CHAPTER THREE THE DISCOVERY OF THE WORKING CLASS 97 "Middle Americans" in the Media The Blue-Collar Stereotype The Stereotype on the Screen Beyond the Stereotype Reasons for Anger An Ancient Antagonism CHAPTER FOUR THE "NEW CLASS": A BLUDGEON FOR THE RIGHT 101 107 114 121 128 132 144 The Neoconservatives and the New Class A Cunning Sort of Treason The New Right and the New Class Permissiveness: The Crime of the New Class Permissiveness vs. Traditional Values The Poor and the Permissive State CHAPTER FIVE THE YUPPIE STRATEGY 146 154 161 167 173 183 196 The Polarization of America Feminism and Class Consolidation The Consumer Binge The Embrace of Affluence The War Against Softness Yuppie Guilt CHAPTER SIX THE NEXT GREAT SHIFT 200 213 223 227 231 236 244 Discovering the True Elite Rediscovering the "Others" Notes Index 252 256 265 285

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