Middle Class Meltdown in America: Causes, Consequences, and Remedies, Third Edition

Kevin T. Leicht, Scott T. Fitzgerald

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Based on income alone, nearly half of all adults in the United States can be considered “middle class,” complete with the reassurance of a steady job, the ability to raise a family, and the comforts of owning a home. And yet, for many, because of structural forces reshaping the finances of the American middle class, the margin between a stable life and a fragile one is narrowing. The new edition of Middle-Class Meltdown in America: Causes, Consequences, and Remedies tells the story of the struggling American middle class by weaving together sociological and economical research, personalized portraits and examples, and a profusion of current data illustrating significant social, economic, and political trends. The authors extend their analysis to include the COVID-19 pandemic, a focus on the effect of race and ethnicity, as well as the ever-increasing costs of housing, health care, and education. In clear, accessible writing, the authors provide a sociological and balanced understanding of the causes and implications of increasing middle class precarity. Middle-Class Meltdown in America is particularly well-suited for courses in sociology, economics, political science, anthropology, and American Studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages216
ISBN (Electronic)9781000632903
ISBN (Print)9780367478407
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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