Category Archives: The Working Class and the Economy

The Foreclosure Crisis: At the Movies

If you haven’t seen The Big Short, the movie version of Michael Lewis’s fascinating book about the explosion of the housing bubble,you should see it for the entertainment value alone. The film tells an important story with humor, relative accuracy … Continue reading

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Deindustrialization, Depopulation, and the Refugee Crisis

The refugee crisis facing Western nations has begun to peak both demographically and politically. The United Nations has reported that more than 6.5 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries and Europe, and even nations that until recently welcomed refugees … Continue reading

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Remembering to Forget: The Loss of Working-Class Industrial Jobs

One of the problems I regularly encounter teaching undergraduate students sociology is their use of the term ‘post-industrial’ in their essays, by which they often mean that countries like the UK no longer have industry or the jobs that went … Continue reading

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Discourses of Power: Black Lives Matter and Adaptive Resilience

  Over the past year, the Black Lives Matter movement has drawn renewed attention to racial inequality in the U.S. While a number of the incidents that have sparked the movement occurred in deindustrialized cities – Baltimore, Cleveland, and outside … Continue reading

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Human Tumbleweeds, Insecurity Culture, and the American Working Class

Conservatives, while opposing same-sex marriage, worry a lot about the decline of marriage among lower-income households, the still growing number of single-parent families, and the supposed social and economic fallout of children growing up in male-deprived, unstable, and morally feckless … Continue reading

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Internet Access and the High Costs of Being Poor

It has been over 20 years since the term “digital divide” was coined to describe unequal access to digital technologies at the start of widespread access to the internet. The ubiquity of smart phones has reduced this conversation as online … Continue reading

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Generation Jobless: Are STEM Students Next?

As college students return to classes this fall, many feel both excitement and apprehension about the future. After all, they are about to invest tens of thousands of dollars in education that they hope will lead to bright economic futures. … Continue reading

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