Postindustrial Peasants: The Illusion of Middle-Class Prosperity (Contemporary Social Issues)

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By most accounts the economic vigor of the United States is unprecedented.  Despite this collective wealth, the American middle class is struggling to live the American dream.  Indeed, there are many similarities between the modern middle class, peasants in feudal societies, and sharecroppers in agrarian societies.

Postindustrial Peasants describes the current plight of the middle class, then offers a multi-level recommendation designed to encourage an active response to the development of the modern "postindustrial peasant."  This new work can used in a variety of classes, including Intro to sociology, social problems, culture, history, and American studies.

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"The subject matter of Postindustrial Peasants is extremely important and very salient to college students. The ideas are strong and well-presented and present a broad sweep of corporate reorganization, layoffs, investment trends, consumer credit, government deregulation, etc. This would be an excellent text for sociology courses." --Teresa Sullivan, Provost, University of Michigan, author of The Fragile Middle Class

" Postindustrial Peasants will contribute to the increasingly polarized debate over the current social and economic state of American society. Its bold attempt to synthesized many sociological themes makes it an appropriate choice for classes in Introductory Sociology, Introductory Anthropology, Social Stratification, Social Problems, Criminology, Social Work, Economics, and American Studies." --Robert D. Manning, professor, RIT, author of Credit Card Nation

"In Postindustrial Peasants, Leicht and Fitzgerald offer an original and richly-textured portrait of the economic challenges faced by middle-class Americans. It will open the eyes of students who were unaware of these challenges, and it will lift the spirits of other students who mistakenly believed that only their families were struggling to keep up with the American dream." --Stephen Morgan, professor, Cornell University

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