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by Barbara Ehrenreich

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0060973331
Author:
Barbara Ehrenreich
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Social Sciences
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English
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HarperCollins; Reprint edition (September 1, 1990)
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304 pages
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Fear of Falling book.

Fear of Falling book. While this book established its thesis about the middle-class' fear of falling, I wish that Ehrenreich had taken more time to make the point she was driving towards by the ending chapter: that until members of the professional, middle-class recognize how they really are, nothing will change. I would have preferred to finish the book with a clearer sense of her action plan for change. Jul 31, 2008 sleeps9hours rated it liked it.

An analysis of the professional middle class from the liberal elite of the 1960s to the yuppies of the 1980s and the amount of power and influence they wield over the American culture. Bibliography: p. 265-284.

Middle classes - United States - Attitudes. Middle class, Middenklassen, Attituden, Mittelstand, Classes sociales, Classes moyennes, Zukunftserwartung, Middle class United States Attitudes, Middle classes United States Attitudes. New York : Pantheon Books. An analysis of the professional middle class from the liberal elite of the 1960s to the yuppies of the 1980s and the amount of power and influence they wield over the American culture.

An ALA Notable BookA New York Times Notable BookIn Blood Rites, Barbara Ehrenreich confronts the mystery of the human attraction to violence: What draws our species to war and even makes us see it as a kind of sacred undertaking?

Fear of Falling: The Inner Life of the Middle Class. by Barbara Ehrenreich. An ALA Notable BookA New York Times Notable BookIn Blood Rites, Barbara Ehrenreich confronts the mystery of the human attraction to violence: What draws our species to war and even makes us see it as a kind of sacred undertaking? Blood Rites takes us on a. Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy.

Fear of Falling: The Inner Life of the Middle Class (1989)

Fear of Falling: The Inner Life of the Middle Class (1989). The Worst Years of Our Lives: Irreverent Notes from a Decade of Greed (1990). The Snarling Citizen: Essays (1995). Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War (1997)

Ehrenreich defines the middle class as the professional and managerial workers - the doctors, lawyers .

Ehrenreich defines the middle class as the professional and managerial workers - the doctors, lawyers, professors, and mid-level executives - of our society. They would comprise nearly one half of the American population. Over the middle class would be the rich, two or three percent of the population, and below would be the lower or working classes, comprising about one half of the population

Fear of Falling: The Inner Life of the Middle Class. Has Undermined America. Henry Holt and Company. Henry Holt and Company, LLC.

Fear of Falling: The Inner Life of the Middle Class. The Hearts of Men: American Dreams and the Flight from Commitment. Publishers since 1866.

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Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of fourteen books, including This Land Is Their Land and the New York Times bestsellers Bait and Switch and Fear of Falling.

Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of fourteen books, including This Land Is Their Land and the New York Times bestsellers Bait and Switch and Fear of Falling. A frequent contributor to Harper& and The Nation, she has also been a columnist at The New York Times and Time magazine. Nickel and Dimed but it's amazing to just read the history from the perspecive of a person in 1989.

I was absolutely knocked out by Barbara Ehrenreich’s remarkable odyssey. Fear of Falling: The Inner Life of the Middle Class. She has accomplished what no contemporary writer has even attempted-to be that ‘nobody’ who barely subsists on her essential labors. Not only is it must reading but it’s mesmeric. Bravo! -Studs Terkel, author of Working. Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy.

She is a widely read columnist and essayist, and the author of nearly 20 books

She is a widely read columnist and essayist, and the author of nearly 20 books on-fiction. The Inner Life of the Middle Class (1989) The Worst Years of Our Lives: Irreverent Notes from a Decade of Greed (1990) Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War (1997) The Snarling Citizen: Essays (1995) Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America (2001) Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy (e. with Arlie Hochschild).

A brilliant and insightful work that examines the insecurities of the middle class in an attempt to explain its turn to the right during the past two decades, Fear of Falling traces the myths about the middle class to their roots in the ambitions and anxieties that torment the group and that have led to its retreat from a responsible leadership role.
  • SING
Once again, Barbara Ehrenreich turns her x-ray eyes on the American scene and describes the systemic ills that are making it harder and harder to flourish in our political-economic-social system. Published almost a quarter-century ago (1990) the book has proved prophetic. She accurately foresaw the continuing siphoning of the nation's wealth into the coffers of the well-off, although perhaps she didn't see just how extreme it would be (who'd have thunk?) and she predicted the struggles and the shrinking of the middle class. Her clear vision helps explain what we've seen happening in the past half-century -- the increasing tendency of the middle and working classes to vote against their own interests by turning to the right in matters political. It's not just a political screed, although it's clear where her political sympathies lie, and her finely-tuned analysis of social and political issues -- class stereotyping, mindless consumerism, the political exploitation of class and cultural fears, the invention of "permissiveness" as a political weapon, the cynical use of cultural wedges -- is amazingly accurate, both as a work of cultural history and as a diagnosis of our current maladies.
  • Kamuro
This was a very interesting book, and I hate that I had to buy it for class but I am glad I got the chance to read it.
  • Sorryyy
Great book. Reading other books by her now.
  • Saimath
Right on the money sad but true.Well researched and documented. Should make people think about the world we are creating. It's too bad the people who won't read this book are the ones that should. We take too much and give too little.
  • Nagor
I read "Fear of Falling" out of curiosity. Can a book published in 1989 about the American middle class still be relevant? Sadly -- for reasons that will be detailed below -- it still can be. The middle class in 2004 is still as selfish, self-seeking, and elitist as it was when Ehrenreich wrote this book. There are quaint features to the book. The author speaks indignantly of business executives earning $1 million per year -- a big salary in 1989, but chump change for the CEO of 2004.

Ehrenreich defines the middle class as the professional and managerial workers -- the doctors, lawyers, professors, and mid-level executives -- of our society. In 2004, members of the professional middle class would have incomes of at least $60,000 up to about $250,000 per year. They would comprise nearly one half of the American population. Over the middle class would be the rich, two or three percent of the population, and below would be the lower or working classes, comprising about one half of the population.

Ehrenreich provides a mini-history of the professional middle class from 1960 up till the late 1980s. What one sees over these three decades is increasing distance between the middle and the lower classes -- plus increasing disinterest in addressing problems of poverty and social injustice in the U.S. The middle class "is too driven by its own ambitions, too compromised by its own elite status, and too removed from those whose sufferings cry out most loudly for redress." She attributes the middle class's anxiety to "fear of falling" into the nether-world of Walmart workers and trailer park living. Her (vague) prescription for wholesome social change is expanded educational opportunity and removing "artificial barriers."

The trends Ehrenreich identifies in 1989 have not only continued but intensified. The distance between rich and poor, socially and economically, has increased. The professional middle class has lost much of what social conscience it once had and movement toward an equalitarian society, discernible in 1960, has been reversed. Is that a bad thing? I think so.

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  • nailer
I hope that with the success of her acid dipped expose of what's really going on in the marketplace of the working poor( Nickel and Dimed) all of Barbara Ehrenreich's books will be back in print because she is a species of writer on the verge of extinction. Unabashedly pro union and anti compassionate conservatism and faith based charity and decidedly not glamorous in her pursuit of topics and people to interview she does the grind work of looking statistics in the eye and debunking some of our more vigorously pandered myths. This volume in particular does a fantastic job in holding a mirror up to the paranoias and greed of the middle class who suspects every contrarian to be after what they have accrued and fenced in and considers its possessions and spouses( is that one category or two?) its natural born right as long as the community is drawn with an infantile crayon and nobody knows who works the sewers.
It illustrates a society where everyone wants to purchase their own fringes of good taste, the rich beg more than the poor because they can always afford the bail for atonement and where every transgression spawns a fresh bombardment of analysts trying to mine the national soul, subtlety is never profitable medicine and the chosen few worry about the calories in walnut raspberry dressing. In the honored tradition of Studs Terkel Ms Ehrenreich points out that there is one airwave for the brash winners, the losers of all stripes remain unseen unless they are truly interesting criminals but the large portion of the silent middle class is stuck in a morass of anger, fear and wall building to leave everybody out who can't be labelled with a corporate golf pass, a church membership or a Neiman Marcus preferred customer I.D. The result is that they have mortgaged about every particle of their humanity to one vendor or another.