Cut Loose

Cut Loose

Jobless and Hopeless in An Unfair Economy

eBook - 2015
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Years after the Great Recession, the economy is still weak, and an unprecedented number of workers have sunk into long spells of unemployment. Cut Loose provides a vivid and moving account of the experiences of some of these men and women, through the example of a historically important group: autoworkers. Their well-paid jobs on the assembly lines built a strong middle class in the decades after World War II. But today, they find themselves beleaguered in a changed economy of greater inequality and risk, one that favors the well-educated--or well-connected.

Their declining fortunes in recent decades tell us something about what the white-collar workforce should expect to see in the years ahead, as job-killing technologies and the shipping of work overseas take away even more good jobs. Cut Loose offers a poignant look at how the long-term unemployed struggle in today's unfair economy to support their families, rebuild their lives, and overcome the shame and self-blame they deal with on a daily basis. It is also a call to action--a blueprint for a new kind of politics, one that offers a measure of grace in a society of ruthless advancement.
Publisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780520958852
9780520283015
9780520283008
Characteristics: 1 online resource (339 pages)
Additional Contributors: ebrary, Inc

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