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Author and sociologist Jennifer M. Silva recently wrote in The New York Times about young working-class Americans and the bleak future they face. Her new book, Coming Up Short: Working-Class Adulthood in an Age of Uncertainty, analyzes the diminishing work opportunities and skyrocketing educational costs confronting these “Young and Isolated” (to use the title of her Times article) Americans. Perhaps an even bigger concern, according to Silva, is that these young people no longer have the kind of social support network that their parents once took for granted. If you would like to learn more about the social problems Silva outlines, check out Coming Up Short, as well as these other titles.


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