The Educated Underclass
Students and the Promise of Social Mobility
The Educated Underclass offers a much-needed look at this societal restructuring from the perspective of students. Gary Roth examines the way that universities often reproduce traditional class hierarchies, the mechanisms that enable upward and downward social mobility, and how the 'overproduction of intelligence' hinders students, calling for a realignment of how social classes function today.
The dream of social mobility is dying. Where previous generations where expected to surpass their parents' level of economic success, prospects for today's graduates are increasingly bleak.
Gary Roth is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Rutgers University, Newark. He is the author of The Educated Underclass (Pluto, 2019) and Marxism in a Lost Century: A Biography of Paul Mattick (Brill/Haymarket Books, 2015).
List of figures and tables
1. Higher Education and Class
2. The Overproduction of Intelligence
3. Class in Transition: Historical Background
4. Underemployment Through the Decades
5. Class Status and Economic Instability
6. Into the Future
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745339238
eBook ISBN: 9781786804426
135mm x 215mm