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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who are linked to the families' lives, show that the historic myths about opportunity, merit, and 'bootstraps' are outdated and, in some cases, downright dangerous for many urban workers and their families.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 Enough" proposes a new mobility paradigm grounded in cooperation, collaboration, mutuality and revitalization of the 'public will' to maximize both "household and profit."
1: Are Jobs Enough for Economic Mobility?; 2: From the Old to the New Economic Mobility; 3: The Parents: Their Backgrounds, Lives and Locations; 4: The Children: Their Lives and Worlds; 5: Workforce Development: Systems and Networks; 6: Yesterday's Firms and Today's Families: Connects and Disconnects with Michelle Belliveau; 7: Children's Schools, Parents' Work and Policy: Alignment and Misalignment; 8: Jobs Aren't Enough: Toward an Agenda for Family Economic Mobility
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