10 thoughts on “Fear of Falling

  1. notgettingenough notgettingenough says:

    When I picked this up in the sale bin of East Ave books in Adelaide for 1 I was hoping to get insight into the surreal nightmare of the US s current state A better dollar I will never spend It was published early 1990s, which was exactly what I wanted I didn t want a hindsight constructed narrative Trump is nothan a casually mentioned billionaire of a type to...


  2. Marci Marci says:

    I m surprised that I didn t read Fear of Falling a long time ago, but I was already familiar with many of its ideas which points to its pervasive influence since publication in 1989 Barbara Ehrenreich provides an overview of the history of America s middle class from the 1950s through the 1980s centered around the thesis that the middle class has suffered such severe setbacks to its assumed level of financial security over these decades that its members now constantly


  3. sleeps9hours sleeps9hours says:

    p 31 The only people to clearly act on their revulsion against mass culture were the Beats men , for the most part, who had dropped out of college or various undistinguished occupations to live in barren apartments and devote themselves to poetry, good fellowship, and the search for ecstatic insight The Beats were the true radicals of the 50s, not in any conventional political sense but for the depth of their critique of Am...


  4. Jules Alder Jules Alder says:

    If you ve never read Ehrenreich before Nickled and Dimed, Bait and Switch , you re in for a sociological treat In this particular work, she visits a new understanding of the class system in America, using her heydey of the 60s as part backdrop, part hammer to crack the belief systems of class deniers She describes the new invisibility of the upper classes during the 60s, when it was not considered cool to be rich, and brings about a deeper appreciation for just how privileged


  5. jack jack says:

    i don t normally read non fiction because it makes my brain hurt but this book, like all her others, is really easy to read it s also really fucking smart and informative and for someone raised middle class it s pretty awesome to read about y...


  6. Holly Holly says:

    Ehrenreich writes thoughtfully about the history and makeup of the American middle class, from the early part of the 20th century through the mid 1980s the book was published in 1987 or thereabouts Her conclusion, though, was unsatisfying by recommending that we rethink work so that everyone contributes in a way that is most personally satisfying ignores the many jobs that are not and ...


  7. Sarah Jaffe Sarah Jaffe says:

    Things I want to write in 2015, Barbara Ehrenreich wrote in 1989.


  8. Stewart Stewart says:

    A discerning reporter of American social, political, and economic life, Barbara Ehrenreich has written for magazines and newspapers and penned several books Her most famous book is probably Nickle and Dimed On Not Getting By in America of 2001 A much earlier book is Fear of Falling The Inner Life of the Middle Class, which I read after a strong recommendation from a very good friend of mine One would think that a 24 year old book about the economic life of different U.S classes from A discer


  9. Zg Intel Zg Intel says:

    Her introduction alone is worth gold Even though I only began reading it 30 minutes ago, I would have closed the book after the intro and went on her profound accurate description of the earths evil doers, or in the words of Cheech Marin white devil slave masters that is the middle class professional who feel they are superior to others of so called lower status are deluded through their self loathing Well, that assumptions a percept out of 1 paragraph of 11 pages The book is going to be s Her i


  10. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    Fascinating anthropology book written in the early nineties, chronicling the political mindset of America s professional class from the late fifties through the end of the eighties Is this objective Not in the slightest But she s pretty transparent with her biases, and I agree with many of them Since I was only hazily aware of the eighties, having lived through them as a small child, this made a lot of the current political situationcomprehensibleas well asdepressing Near the Fascinating anthropolog


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