Jobs Aren't Enough: Toward a New Economic Mobility for Low-Income Families

Jobs Aren't Enough: Toward a New Economic Mobility for Low-Income Families

Jobs Aren't Enough: Toward a New Economic Mobility for Low-Income Families

Jobs Aren't Enough: Toward a New Economic Mobility for Low-Income Families

Synopsis

In this gripping ethnographic account, Roberta Iversen and Annie Laurie Armstrong examine the obstacles to economic mobility for low- and increasingly middle-income families in 21st century America. The 'voices' of twenty-five families in Milwaukee, New Orleans, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Seattle and of hundreds of people who are linked to the families' lives, show that the historic myths about opportunity, merit, and 'bootstraps' are outdated and, in some cases, downright dangerous for many urban workers and their families. Iversen and Armstrong show that the social institutions of family, education, labour market and policy all intersect to influence mobility. Jobs Aren't Enoughproposes a new mobility paradigm grounded in cooperation, collaboration, mutuality and revitalization of the 'public will' to maximize both "household and profit."
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