The Educated Underclass
Students and the Promise of Social Mobility
What’s the point of a university education in a world without enough jobs?
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).
'Modern American capitalism is producing a vast population of under-employed and unemployed yet highly educated people. Gary Roth provides a meticulously researched dissection of this phenomenon.' - Steve Fraser, author of 'Class Matters: The Strange Career of an American Delusion'
'A fascinating analysis that plots the distance between what we think we know about education and what the reality actually is. Cuts through the cloudiness of our long-held illusions.' - Alfred Lubrano, author of 'Limbo: Blue Collar Roots, White Collar Dreams'
1. Higher Education and Class
2. The Overproduction of Intelligence
3. Class in Transition: Historical Background
4. Underemployment Through the Decades
5. The Educated Underclass
6. Into the Future
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745339238
eBook ISBN: 9781786804426
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