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Cut Adrift : Families in Insecure Times

By: Cooper, Marianne.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, 2014Description: 1 online resource (315 p.).ISBN: 9780520958456.Subject(s): Equality -- United States | United States -- Race relations | United States -- Social conditions -- 21st centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Cut Adrift : Families in Insecure TimesDDC classification: 320.60973 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction: One Nation Under Worry; 1. From Shared Prosperity to the Age of Insecurity: How We Got Here; 2. Forging Security in an Insecure Age: The Study; 3. Downscaling for Survival: Laura Delgado; 4. The Upscaling of Security at the Top: Brooke and Paul Mah; 5. Holding On at the Middle: Gina and Sam Calafato; 6. When Religion Fills the Gap: Laeta and Kapo Faleau; 7. Debt and Hope: Eddie and Chelsea Jenner; Conclusion: The Social Cost; Epilogue: The Families Today; Notes; References; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M
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Summary: Cut Adrift makes an important and original contribution to the national conversation about inequality and risk in American society. Set against the backdrop of rising economic insecurity and rolled-up safety nets, Marianne Cooper's probing analysis explores what keeps Americans up at night. Through poignant case studies, she reveals what families are concerned about, how they manage their anxiety, whose job it is to worry, and how social class shapes all of these dynamics, including what is even worth worrying about in the first place.  This powerful study is packed with intriguing discoveries
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Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; Introduction: One Nation Under Worry; 1. From Shared Prosperity to the Age of Insecurity: How We Got Here; 2. Forging Security in an Insecure Age: The Study; 3. Downscaling for Survival: Laura Delgado; 4. The Upscaling of Security at the Top: Brooke and Paul Mah; 5. Holding On at the Middle: Gina and Sam Calafato; 6. When Religion Fills the Gap: Laeta and Kapo Faleau; 7. Debt and Hope: Eddie and Chelsea Jenner; Conclusion: The Social Cost; Epilogue: The Families Today; Notes; References; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M

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Cut Adrift makes an important and original contribution to the national conversation about inequality and risk in American society. Set against the backdrop of rising economic insecurity and rolled-up safety nets, Marianne Cooper's probing analysis explores what keeps Americans up at night. Through poignant case studies, she reveals what families are concerned about, how they manage their anxiety, whose job it is to worry, and how social class shapes all of these dynamics, including what is even worth worrying about in the first place.  This powerful study is packed with intriguing discoveries

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In an absorbing, impeccably researched book, Cooper (sociology, Stanford) analyzes the effect of large-scale economic and social transformations on families in the US. She chronicles the shift from "shared prosperity" to "the age of insecurity" and explains how New Deal policies that supported families began to face challenges during the economic downturn of the 1970s. As a result, many families were cut adrift and left to struggle without an adequate safety net (as the title so aptly captures). Cooper's groundbreaking work finds that families are "doing security" through strategies that involve a significant amount of emotion work, and these strategies vary by social class. Studying 50 families over two years (with follow-up interviews several years later), Cooper identified four distinct security projects: "downscaling" for low- and middle-income families (i.e., handling economic struggles by adjusting downward the requirements to feel secure while remaining optimistic), "upscaling" for upper-income families (i.e., worrying constantly about amassing wealth while preparing children to be globally competitive), "holding on" for low- and middle-income families (a highly gendered strategy in which families tried to stay afloat despite challenging economic situations), and "turning to God" for low-income families. A highly readable, must-have book for any library. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. --Cara Bergstrom-Lynch, Eastern Connecticut State University

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