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Laid Off, Laid Low: Political and Economic Consequences of Employment Insecurity (A Columbia / SSRC Book (Privatization of Risk)) Paperback – October 8, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0231146050 ISBN-10: 0231146051

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With the economy changing rapidly and inequality on the rise, a greater number of working and middle class Americans are now facing unemployment. Families experience this risk as the stress of insecurity, which manifests in voting trends and the undercutting of loyalties that bind workers to firms. Instead of developing institutions to cushion this risk, American policy has increased the extent to which risk falls on the individual and the family. The privatization of risk is pervasive in American society. It hurts individuals and threatens social cohesion. Examining the risks of unemployment and related public policy, Laid Off, Laid Low is a crucial book for policymakers, social scientists, and all who care about the public good.

(Craig Calhoun, president, Social Science Research Council)

About the Author

Katherine S. Newman is the Forbes Class of 1941 Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, the director of the Joint Doctoral Programs in Sociology, Politics, Psychology, and Social Policy, and the director of the Institute for International and Regional Studies at Princeton University. She is the author of eight books on inequality, poverty, and mobility in American society.

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Product Details

  • Series: A Columbia / SSRC Book (Privatization of Risk)
  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (October 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231146051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231146050
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,026,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By New York Metropolitan on October 22, 2008
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With the increasing focus on job [in]security as the economic crisis we're in worsens, this is a must-read book for all those interested and/or concerned. Professor Newman is an expert in the field and provides a tremendous amount of insight - all of it understandable for non-experts - into just what it means to have an insecure job and the implications it results in.
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