White Working Class

  • by Joan C. Williams
  • Narrated by Liisa Ivary
  • 3 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Around the world, populist movements are gaining traction among the white working class. Meanwhile, members of the professional elite - journalists, managers, and establishment politicians - are on the outside looking in, left to argue over the reasons. In White Working Class, Joan C. Williams, described as having "something approaching rock star status" by the New York Times, explains why so much of the elite's analysis of the white working class is misguided, rooted in class cluelessness.
Williams explains that many people have conflated "working class" with "poor" - but the working class is, in fact, the elusive, purportedly disappearing middle class. They often resent the poor and the professionals alike. But they don't resent the truly rich, nor are they particularly bothered by income inequality. Their dream is not to join the upper middle class, with its different culture, but to stay true to their own values in their own communities - just with more money. While white working-class motivations are often dismissed as racist or xenophobic, Williams shows that they have their own class consciousness.
White Working Class is a blunt, bracing narrative that sketches a nuanced portrait of millions of people who have proven to be a potent political force. For anyone stunned by the rise of populist, nationalist movements, wondering why so many would seemingly vote against their own economic interests, or simply feeling like a stranger in their own country, White Working Class will be a convincing primer on how to connect with a crucial set of workers - and voters.


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White Working Class

This book offers a thought provoking analysis of the 2016 election result. I agree with much of what the author has to say; however, I believe that a lack of knowledge in basic civics as well as significant misogyny in the general population played a major role in the result. This book is well worth the read in adding to an understanding of what happened.
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- A. Landrum

Mind opening

it is very tempting to be a progressive political leader and write off concerns of Americans whom you believed to be backwards. But this book shows that a slight shift in perspective is all you need to understand the plight of working-class Americans who have very shared interests in the future America
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- Sean M. Kosofsky

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-27-2017
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.