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Coming up short : working-class adulthood in an age of uncertainty

Author: Jennifer M Silva
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, [2013]
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A sustained analysis of contemporary working class lives, providing a powerful and compelling perspective on several high profile issues at the forefront of public debate: economic instability, class instability, and the changing composition of the American family.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer M Silva
ISBN: 9780199931460 0199931461
OCLC Number: 812781063
Description: xii, 192 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Preface --
Coming of age in the risk society --
Prisoners of the present : obstacles on the road to adulthood --
Insecure intimacies : love, marriage, and family in the risk society --
Hardened selves : the remaking of the American working class --
Inhabiting the mood economy --
Conclusion: the hidden injuries of risk --
Appendix --
References.
Responsibility: Jennifer M. Silva.
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"Impeccably researched and skillfully articulated, Silva's work is a timely primer on the current state of blue-collar Millennials." --Publishers Weekly "In the tradition of Studs Terkel's Working Read more...

 
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