A brief, impactful book that provides a contemporary analysis of how economics and social class affects the concept of family today

This book focuses on the impact of economic systems and social class on the organization of family life. Since the most vital function of the family is the survival of its members, the author give primacy to the economic system in structuring the broad parameters of family life. She explains how the economy shapes the prospects families have for earning a decent living by determining the location, nature, and pay associated with work.

Economically Marginal Families: Living on the Edge

Economically Marginal Families: Living on the Edge
Economically marginal families: Living on the edge

The dominant discourse of the United States as a wealthy nation composed mostly of middle-class families often obscures the reality that millions of people in the United States experience substantial economic hardship and poverty. The American Dream was realized by most Europeans who immigrated to the United States in the nineteenth century and achieved economic mobility as a result of hard work. But that hard work paid off because of the burgeoning industrial economy that led to structural mobility, or mobility based on economic and technological change (Gilbert 2003:146). Moreover, for many immigrants, practically any economic stability was an improvement over the circumstances in the countries they had left. Those who worked ...

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