Class Unknown: Undercover Investigations Of American Work And Poverty From The Progressive Era To The Present by Mark PittengerClass Unknown: Undercover Investigations Of American Work And Poverty From The Progressive Era To The Present by Mark Pittenger

Class Unknown: Undercover Investigations Of American Work And Poverty From The Progressive Era To…

byMark Pittenger

Paperback | August 13, 2012

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Since the Gilded Age, social scientists, middle-class reformers, and writers have left the comforts of their offices to "pass" as steel workers, coal miners, assembly-line laborers, waitresses, hoboes, and other working and poor people in an attempt to gain a fuller and more authentic understanding of the lives of the working class and the poor. In this first, sweeping study of undercover investigations of work and poverty in America, award-winning historian Mark Pittenger examines how intellectuals were shaped by their experiences with the poor, and how despite their sympathy toward working-class people, they unintentionally helped to develop the contemporary concept of a degraded and "other" American underclass. While contributing to our understanding of the history of American social thought, Class Unknown offers a new perspective on contemporary debates over how we understand and represent our own society and its class divisions.
Title:Class Unknown: Undercover Investigations Of American Work And Poverty From The Progressive Era To…Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:August 13, 2012Publisher:NYU PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0814767419

ISBN - 13:9780814767412

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Part I. A World of Difference: Constructing the Underclass

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"Pittenger provides a memorable meditation on America's ongoing struggle to come to terms with class division."-Journal of Interdisciplinary History,