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There was a time when America's working class was seen as the backbone of the American economy, having considerable political, economic, and moral authority. But the working class we have now has been marginalized, if not ignored, by politicians and pundits. This is changing, swiftly and dramatically.   Today's working class is a sleeping giant. And as Tamara Draut makes abundantly clear, it is just now waking up to its untapped political power. Sleeping Giant is the first major examination of the new working class and the role it will play in our economic and political future. Blending moving individual narratives, historical background, and sophisticated analysis, Draut forcefully argues that this newly energized class is far along in the process of changing America for the better. Draut examines the legacy of exclusion based on race and gender that contributes to the invisibility of the new working class, despite their entwinement in everyone's day-to-day life. No longer confined to the assembly line, today's working class watches our children and cares for our parents. They park our cars, screen our luggage, clean our offices, and cook and serve our meals. They are us. 

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9780385539777 | Doubleday, April 5, 2016, cover price $26.95

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9781681680781 | Unabridged edition (Highbridge Co, April 5, 2016), cover price $29.99 | About this edition: There was a time when America's working class was seen as the backbone of the American economy, having considerable political, economic, and moral authority.

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Product Description: What does it mean to grow up today as working-class young adults? How does the economic and social instability left in the wake of neoliberalism shape their identities, their understandings of the American Dream, and their futures?Coming Up Short illuminates the transition to adulthood for working-class men and women...read more

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9780199931460 | Oxford Univ Pr, August 7, 2013, cover price $31.95 | About this edition: What does it mean to grow up today as working-class young adults?

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9780190231897 | Oxford Univ Pr, May 15, 2015, cover price $19.95 | About this edition: What does it mean to grow up today as working-class young adults?

The writer shows how paying a little more money for permanent employees results in increased production and improved quality, whereas using cheaper temporary labor destroys quality. He shows that the middle class wage base is depressed not only by the use of illegal immigrants but also by retired employees reentering the work force at reduced wages, and provides illustrations of unsafe working conditions caused by improper training as well as faulty equipment. Overly-aggressive management styles deter employees from wanting to do a good job, and unique problems are created when an employer throws two different groups of people together and expects them to work effectively when they speak different languages and cannot communicate. The book is written largely in a narrative style, serious where necessary but also lighthearted and humorous when appropriate. This book offers a breath of fresh air to those who struggle to survive or even do a good job in today's work environment; it also offers a useful perspective to managers.

Hardcover:

9780875869018 | Algora Pub, March 27, 2012, cover price $31.95

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9780875869001 | Algora Pub, March 27, 2012, cover price $21.95 | About this edition: The writer shows how paying a little more money for permanent employees results in increased production and improved quality, whereas using cheaper temporary labor destroys quality.

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