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MORE UNEQUAL: ASPECTS OF CLASS IN THE UNITED STATES

Monthly Review Press Edited by Michael D. Yates



With contributions by John Bellamy Foster, Vincent Navarro, William K. Tabb, Michael Perelman, Richard D. Vogel, David Roediger, Kristen Lavelle and Joe Feagin, Sabiyha Prince, Martha Gimenez, Stephanie Luce and Mark Brenner, Peter McLaren and Ramin Farahmandpur, Michael D. Yates, Angela Jancius, and Michael Zweig.

“Workers in the United States are systematically being allocated a shrinking share of the prodigious wealth we produce, and that’s old news. This widening exploitation of workers and communities further exposes the myth of a ‘just’ capitalist economy. Despite the radical increase in economic and social inequality, we still lack a cohesive popular understanding and consciousness of why and how our market-based economic system facilitates this ‘one-sided class war’ against us.

“More Unequal: Aspects of Class in the United States is a strategically assembled collection which binds diverse, informed, often compellingly personal explorations of social and economic inequity together into a revealing journey through the scarred terrain of today’s working-class reality. This book should be off the shelf and in the hands, and backpacks, of a new generation of working-class activists who can lead the struggle to collectively claim a new direction.” -Jerry Tucker, former UAW International Executive Board Member & co-founder of the Center for Labor Renewal

“The shocking data about wealth, income, home ownership, access to health care, education, and political influence cry out for analysis which is driven by the desire not only to understand but also to transform. Fortunately, the scholars and activists who have contributed to More Unequal offer such analysis, and they do so clearly and succinctly. This book will prove useful to teachers, students, researchers, and activists as we struggle to understand how class is working in the twenty-first century United States.” -Peter Rachleff, professor of history, Macalester College, and President, Working Class Studies Association

“This excellent collection helps us to further rehabilitate the discussion of class both in the United States and globally.” -Bill Fletcher, Jr., writer and activist

“Extraordinarily comprehensive.focuses on the effects of class oppression and exploitation” -Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, writer

Table of Contents

Introduction & Acknowledgements – Mike Yates

1. Aspects of Class in the United States: A Prologue – John Bellamy Foster

2. The Worldwide Class Struggle – Vincent Navarro

3. The Power of the Rich – William K. Tabb

4. Some Economics of Class – Michael Perelman

5. Harder Times: Undocumented Workers and the U.S. Informal Economy – Richard D. Vogel

6. The Retreat from Race and Class – David Roediger

7. Hard Truth in the Big Easy: Race and Class in New Orleans, Pre- and Post-Katrina – Kristen Lavelle and Joe Feagin

8. Will the Real Black Middle Class Please Stand Up? – Sabiyha Prince

9. Back to Class: Reflections on the Dialectics of Class and Identity – Martha Gimenez

10. Women and Class: What Has Happened in Forty Years? – Stephanie Luce and Mark Brenner

11. The Pedagogy of Oppression – Peter McLaren and Ramin Farahmandpur

12. Class: A Personal Story – Michael D. Yates

13. Class for a Downwardly Mobile Generation – Angela Jancius

14. Six Points on Class – Michael Zweig

Contributors Notes Index

Michael D. Yates is associate editor of Monthly Review. For many years he taught economics at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. He is the author of Cheap Motels and a Hotplate: An Economist’s Travelogue (2006), Naming the System: Inequality and Work in the Global System (2004), and Why Unions Matter (1998), all published by Monthly Review Press.

2 comments so far

  1. Matthew on

    I look forward to this book! Do you have any plans to write more books by yourself?

  2. mperelman on

    Yes, indeed. I just was told that Stanford will be sending me a contract on my new book, The Manacles of Capitalism: How Market Control Undermines Productivity.


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