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Class Matters Paperback – August 25, 2005
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About the Author
The New York Times team comprises Anthony DePalma, Timothy Egan, Geraldine Fabrikant, Laurie Goodstein, David Cay Johnston, Peter T. Kilborn, David D. Kirkpatrick, David Leonhardt, Tamar Lewin, Charles McGrath, Janny Scott, Jennifer Steinhauer, and Isabel Wilkerson. Bill Keller is the executive editor of The New York Times.
Class Matters also includes essays by Christopher Buckley, Diane McWhorter,
Richard Price, David Levering Lewis, and Linda Chavez, about their encounters with class when they were growing up.
Top Customer Reviews
Journalism, on the other hand, revels in the particular. Human drama provides the attraction, and individual stories create the base from which to propel the writer into broader statements of issues and positions. Thus, it is hardly surprising that CLASS MATTERS, a book compiled from stories previously published about class in America by the New York Times, should consist largely of anecdotes.
That it works so well is a tribute not just to the writers themselves, but to the editorial framers of this collection. CLASS MATTERS addresses the great taboo of America, the myth of a classless society. Never does the book claim that American life is caste-bound or separated into rigid classes. Rather, the opening chapter asserts that while class mobility still exists (that is, one can be born poor and lower class but, through dint of steady self-application in school and hard work thereafter, the opportunities for "upgrading" oneself are effectively limitless), the degree of such mobility has lessened considerably in the last 30 years.Read more ›
When I attended Haverford College in the late 1970s and early 1980s after having grown up in a poor, working class neighborhood, I was struck by encountering people who were far more urbane, well-traveled, well-spoken, and well-dressed than I was. It was intimidating, but I learned to be a member of this world (I chuckle now at how kids made fun of my "accent" and corrected my grammar while I was speaking to them) and for the rest of my life I've been going between worlds, conscious of how I speak and act in each (I've "escaped" the social class I grew up in). Because of these experiences this book really resonates with me and I'm sure it will resonate with people who have had similar experiences. For everyone else, it is a welcome introduction to what we Americans are "stupid" about: social stratification in American society and how it determines our behavior, our opportunities, and our health.
What made me remember this is I have a retired friend who lives in the luxury building I call home. He had the best doctors. As he was checked out before upcoming percedures they found much more wrong than expected. He was rushed off to be seen to right away. I used to live on Medical Assistance. When I went to the internist on Medical Assistance (Medicaid) I was seen exclusively by Physician Assistants and Nurse Practioners. The waiting room for poor medicaid patents was a dismal depressing, ill lit salmon pink colored mess that was filled with funk. Today I see doctors in my middle to upper middle class area and the waiting rooms are awesome. Aquariums line the walls, well dressed people, livily colors and get this a Starbuck's in the lobby.Read more ›
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I loved this book. The dynamics of how economic class effects many aspects of our lives are highlighted well in this book. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
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