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The Resource Chutes and ladders : navigating the low-wage labor market, Katherine S. Newman

Chutes and ladders : navigating the low-wage labor market, Katherine S. Newman

Label
Chutes and ladders : navigating the low-wage labor market
Title
Chutes and ladders
Title remainder
navigating the low-wage labor market
Statement of responsibility
Katherine S. Newman
Title variation
Navigating the low-wage labor market
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Now that the welfare system has been largely dismantled, the fate of America's poor depends on what happens to them in the low-wage labor market. In this timely volume, Katherine S. Newman explores whether the poorest workers and families benefited from the tight labor markets and good economic times of the late 1990s. Following black and Latino workers in Harlem, who began their work lives flipping burgers, she finds more good news than we might have expected coming out of a high-poverty neighborhood. Many adult workers returned to school and obtained trade certificates, high school diplomas, and college degrees. Their persistence paid off in the form of better jobs, higher pay, and greater self-respect. Others found union jobs and, as a result, brought home bigger paychecks, health insurance, and a pension. More than 20 percent of those profiled in Chutes and Ladders are no longer poor. A very different story emerges among those who floundered even in a good economy. Weighed down by family obligations or troubled partners and hindered by poor training and prejudice, these "low riders" moved in and out of the labor market, on and off public assistance, and continued to depend upon the kindness of family and friends. Supplementing finely drawn ethnographic portraits, Newman examines the national picture to show that patterns around the country paralleled the findings from some of New York's most depressed neighborhoods. More than a story of the shifting fortunes of the labor market, Chutes and Ladders asks probing questions about the motivations of low-wage workers, the dreams they have for the future, and their understanding of the rules of the game." - publisher's description
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1953-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Newman, Katherine S.
Dewey number
305.5/690973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HD8081.A5
LC item number
N49 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Minorities
  • Career development
  • Social mobility
  • Working poor
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Chutes and ladders : navigating the low-wage labor market, Katherine S. Newman
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Lives, in the long run -- The best-case scenario / Katherine S. Newman and Chauncy Lennon -- High flyers, low riders, and the "up but not out" club -- All in the family -- The national picture / Helen Connolly, Peter Gottschalk, and Katherine S. Newman -- Streetwise economics / Victor Tan Chen and Katherine S. Newman -- "This is the kind of life I want" : work and welfare in the boom years -- Dreams, deferred : aspirations and obstacles in work and family life -- Opening the gates -- Appendix A: Study design -- Appendix B: Sample definitions -- Appendix C: Occupational prestige scores and the socioeconomic index -- Appendix D: SIPP analysis of wage and status change
Control code
65820489
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 405 pages
Isbn
9780674023369
Lccn
2006044340
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780674023369
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Chutes and ladders : navigating the low-wage labor market, Katherine S. Newman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Lives, in the long run -- The best-case scenario / Katherine S. Newman and Chauncy Lennon -- High flyers, low riders, and the "up but not out" club -- All in the family -- The national picture / Helen Connolly, Peter Gottschalk, and Katherine S. Newman -- Streetwise economics / Victor Tan Chen and Katherine S. Newman -- "This is the kind of life I want" : work and welfare in the boom years -- Dreams, deferred : aspirations and obstacles in work and family life -- Opening the gates -- Appendix A: Study design -- Appendix B: Sample definitions -- Appendix C: Occupational prestige scores and the socioeconomic index -- Appendix D: SIPP analysis of wage and status change
Control code
65820489
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 405 pages
Isbn
9780674023369
Lccn
2006044340
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780674023369
Other physical details
illustrations

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