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Class Matters: The New York Times Company

Class Matters: The New York Times Company - 05 edition

Class Matters: The New York Times Company - 05 edition

ISBN13: 9780805080551

ISBN10: 0805080554

Class Matters: The New York Times Company by New York Times - ISBN 9780805080551
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 05
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: Times Books
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Class Matters: The New York Times Company by New York Times - ISBN 9780805080551

ISBN13: 9780805080551

ISBN10: 0805080554

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 05

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Summary

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.