“with riveting detail, the missing class uses the compelling stories of nine families to portray a neglected group—more numerous than the officially poor—who work hard, play by the rules, yet live on the brink of disaster, one unlucky step away from plunging into poverty.
The missing class discusses the class of people sandwiched between the truly poor and the middle class the authors call this class the missing class because they are not quite poor enough to be included when poverty issues are discussed, but they are not as well-established as most middle class people. The missing class is an urgent and timely exploration that describes-through the experiences of nine families-the unique problems faced by this growing class of people who are neither working poor nor middle class katherine newman and victor tan chen trace where these families came from, how they’ve struggled to make a decent living, and why they’re stuck without a safety net.
There are several reasons why we have a poor class and “the missing class” and a struggling middle class three reasons follow: sell-out politicians, phony trade agreements, and sky-rocketing health care costs. What characterizes the missing class, the authors conclude, is precariousness: a single incident, such as the loss of a job, an accident, illness or divorce, can plunge its members downward into poverty. The missing class the missing class sociologist katherine newman talks about the near poor, that vast pool of workers who are neither officially destitute nor comfortably working-class.
America's low-income missing class is the subject of one student reading another reading explores proposals to help these americans enter the middle class ideas for further inquiry follow.
Also typically, the missing class lives in places where there are no inexpensive big box stores or banks, only check-cashing outlets that charge high interest rates the young children of the missing class are usually not in early childhood education classes. In the missing class: portraits of the near poor in america (2007), katherine newman and victor tan chen explore the lives of several urban, working families who live above the official poverty line, but who are one catastrophe away from it.
Professor newman, co-author of the missing class: portraits of the near poor in america, was interviewed on the pbs program bill moyers journal, 11/2/07 (see wwwpbsorg for a transcript) for seven years she studied closely nine families in the guerras' income range. The sub-plots of these films would thus convey several important class distinctions as well as jarring disparities of our eco-system and these one off characters too made a significant contribution to the story by raising awareness about societal divides and issues. This week, professor katherine newman discussed the “missing class” – millions of americans who are technically above the poverty line but still far from a middle-class standard of living.