“The ideal supplement for your introductory aging or social gerontology courses, Worlds of Difference, Third Edition, is the only book for undergraduates that addresses the diversity of aging experiences in society by race, gender and social class. “The virtue of this book is that it makes a multicultural, systems of inequality approach to the study of aging accessible to students and it does so by letting people from privileged as well as disadvantaged perspectives speak for themselves”…. Robin Moremen, Northern Illinois University.”
Chapter 19: Mike LeFevre
It is a two-flat dwelling, somewhere in Cicero, on the outskirts of Chicago. He is thirty-seven. He works in a steel mill. On occasion, his wife Carol works as a waitress in a neighborhood restaurant; otherwise, she is at home, caring for their two small children, a girl and a boy.
At the time of my first visit, a sculpted statuette of Mother and Child was on the floor, head severed from body. He laughed softly as he indicated his three-year-old daughter: “She Doctor Spock'd it.”1
I'm a dying breed. A laborer. Strictly muscle work… pick it up, put it down, pick it up, put it down. We handle between forty and fifty thousand pounds of steel a day. (Laughs.) I know this is ...