White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America

May 16, 2017|
White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America by Joan C. Williams
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"I recommend a book by Professor Williams, it is really worth a read, it''s calledWhite Working Class." -- Vice President Joe Biden on Pod Save America

An Amazon Best Business and Leadership book of 2017

Around the world, populist movements are gaining traction among the white working class. Meanwhile, members of the professional elite-journalists, managers, and establishment politicians--are on the outside looking in, left to argue over the reasons. InWhite Working Class, Joan C. Williams, described as having "something approaching rock star status" by theNew York Times, explains why so much of the elite''s analysis of the white working class is misguided, rooted in class cluelessness.

Williams explains that many people have conflated "working class" with "poor"--but the working class is, in fact, the elusive, purportedly disappearing middle class. They often resent the poor and the professionals alike. But they don''t resent the truly rich, nor are they particularly bothered by income inequality. Their dream is not to join the upper middle class, with its different culture, but to stay true to their own values in their own communities--just with more money. While white working-class motivations are often dismissed as racist or xenophobic, Williams shows that they have their own class consciousness.

White Working Classis a blunt, bracing narrative that sketches a nuanced portrait of millions of people who have proven to be a potent political force. For anyone stunned by the rise of populist, nationalist movements, wondering why so many would seemingly vote against their own economic interests, or simply feeling like a stranger in their own country,White Working Classwill be a convincing primer on how to connect with a crucial set of workers--and voters.

Joan C. Williamsis Distinguished Professor of Law and Hastings Foundation Chair at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Williams''s work includesWhat Works for Women at Work, coauthored with Rachel Dempsey (New York University Press, 2014);Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What To Do About...
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Title:White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:192 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.98 in
Shipping dimensions:192 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.98 in
Published:May 16, 2017
Publisher:Harvard Business Review Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781633693784

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