This book offers an up-to-date portrait of the realities of social class and its consequences in the United States today, focusing on the increasing inequality gap; the shrinking middle class; the myth and realities of social mobility; the consequences of class for work, health care, education, the justice system, war, and the environment; and progressive solutions for reducing inequality and improving human life.
“This important book shows the significance of social class for understanding inequality and its consequences. Students will find this collection of readings very accessible.”
—Leonard Beeghley, University of Florida
“Takes the field beyond staid formulations about “stratification” to the panoply of often-neglected issues of class formation, class fractures, class cultures, class politics, and class struggle. The selections are bold, provocative and politically astute. Eitzen’s critical approach brings home the issues in a way that will help reach studens, even as it raises the intellectual bar.”
—Jonathan Cutler, Wesleyan University