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Postindustrial Peasants: The Illusion of Middle-Class Prosperity (Contemporary Social Issues) Paperback – August 18, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0716757658 ISBN-10: 0716757656 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Contemporary Social Issues
  • Paperback: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Worth Publishers; First Edition edition (August 18, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716757656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716757658
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #948,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steven Rigolosi on September 26, 2006
This is a concise, well-written analysis of the many challenges facing the embattled middle class in the United States. Leicht and Fitzgerald summarize a wealth of economic data to support their assertions while also providing a very humane look at the ways the American family is affected by a tax and regulatory system that favors the wealthy. If this book doesn't make you go out and vote in the next election, nothing will.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amanda D. Furlow on March 2, 2007
This book was written to be a supplement for sociology classes, yet it has content that every American can benefit from. Refreshing is the way the authors state the problems with out playing the blame game. Many books out there today are full of conspiracy stories and pointed fingers, but this one simply states the facts about what is going on with American Economics. Another standout feature is that the book gives solutions. Many sociolgy books are good at pointing out problems, but few offer any solutions.

I would recommend this book to everyone pursuing the "American Dream."
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