In When Did We All Become Middle Class?, Martin Nunlee discusses how a lack of class identity gives people a false sense of their relationship to power, which has made the US population accept the myth that they live in a meritocracy. This book examines social class within the framework of psychological tendencies, everyday interactions, institutions and pervasive cultural ideas to show how Americans have shifted from general concerns of social and economic equality to fragmented interests groups.
Written in a conversational style, this book is a useful tool for undergraduate courses covering social class, such as inequality, stratification, poverty, and social problems.
1. Class Confusion
2. What Social Class Isn’t
3. Defining Classes
4. The Basis of Class
5. Social Class and Political Power
6. Social Class and Race
7. Gender and Social Class
8. Media Marketing and Social Class