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More Unequal: Aspects of Class in the United States


Paperback, 203 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1-58367-159-7
Released: September 2007

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. Edited by Michael D. Yates.

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

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


Introduction & Acknowledgements by Michael 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

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 Economy (2004), and Why Unions Matter (1998), all published by Monthly Review Press.

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Publication Date: September 2007

Number of Pages: 160

Paperback ISBN: 9781583671597