Monday, June 13, 2005

Class Matters - Social Class in the United States of America - The New York Times

New York Times

A Special Section

ABOUT THE SERIES A team of reporters spent more than a year exploring ways that class - defined as a combination of income, education, wealth and occupation - influences destiny in a society that likes to think of itself as a land of unbounded opportunity.

Day 1: Overview
Day 2: Health
Day 3: Marriage
Day 4: Religion
Day 5: Education
Day 6: Immigration
Day 7: New Status Markers
Day 8: The 'Relo' Class
Day 9: The Hyper-Rich
Day 10: Class and Culture
Day 11: Up From the Projects

Times Books will publish the Class Matters series as a paperback in September.

Shadowy Lines That Still Divide
By JANNY SCOTT and DAVID LEONHARDTThis series does not purport to be the last word on class. It offers no nifty formulas for pigeonholing people. Instead, it represents an inquiry into class as Americans encounter it.
Multimedia & Graphics From This Series
Interactive Graphics: Where Do You Fit In? Poll Results
Bibliography: Selected Readings Related to This Series

Life at the Top in America Isn't Just Better, It's Longer
By JANNY SCOTTThree New Yorkers with little in common faced a single, common threat. But in the months that followed their heart attacks, their experiences diverged.
Interactive Feature: Two Heart Attack Stories

When Richer Weds Poorer, Money Isn't the Only DifferenceB
y TAMAR LEWINMarriage between people of different classes often means moving outside comfort zones, as Dan Croteau and Cate Woolner have learned.
Audio Slide Show: A Marriage of Unequals

Up From the Holler: Living in Two Worlds, at Home in Neither
By TAMAR LEWINDella Mae Justice grew up poor in East Kentucky and went on to become an attorney. Now she's back home, but her change of status has left her a little off balance.� Interactive Feature: Della's Story

On a Christian Mission to the Top
By LAURIE GOODSTEIN and DAVID D. KIRKPATRICKSome affluent evangelicals are directing attention and money at some of the tallest citadels of the secular elite: the Ivy League.
Audio Slide Show: Preaching to the Elite

Blue Collars in Olive Drab
By JONATHAN D. GLATERA deployment for Iraq was tough on these National Guard members and their families.
Slide Show

The College Dropout Boom
By DAVID LEONHARDTCollege dropouts make up one of the largest and fastest-growing groups of young adults in America. Most, like Andy Blevins, come from poor and working-class families.
Audio Slide Show: One Family, Two Stories

No Degree, and No Way Back to the Middle
By TIMOTHY EGANWhen Jeff Martinelli and Mark McClellan lost their jobs, they found that the market did not value their factory skills nearly as much as it did four years of college.
Audio Slide Show

15 Years on the Bottom Rung
By ANTHONY DePALMAMexican immigrants like Juan Manuel Peralta are finding the American dream more elusive than many earlier immigrants, like John Zannikos.
Audio Slide Show: Two Immigrant Stories
Who Has Work? He Who Finds Busboys

When the Joneses Wear Jeans
By JENNIFER STEINHAUERSo many Americans have access to such a wide array of high-end goods that traditional markers of status have lost their meaning.

The Five-Bedroom, Six-Figure Rootless Life
By PETER T. KILBORNThe Links are part of the "relo" class, members of a growing segment of the upper middle class that hopscotches from one satellite suburb to another every few years.
Interactive: Audio Slide Shows and Graphics

Old Nantucket Warily Meets the New
By GERALDINE FABRIKANTThe mix of the old aristocratic families with the new hyper-rich on the island often plays out as a tug-of-war over money and class.
Slide Show: Rich on Nantucket

Richest Are Leaving Even the Rich Far Behind
By DAVID CAY JOHNSTONThe people at the top of America's money pyramid have pulled far ahead of the rest of the population in recent years, an analysis of tax records and other data shows.
Graphic: Not Since the 20's Roared
Graphic: Wealthiest Benefit More From Tax Cuts
About the Data: Sources for the Calculations

In Fiction, a Long History of Fixation on the Social Gap
By CHARLES McGRATHThere is an un-American secret at the heart of American culture: for a long time, it was preoccupied by class.
Multimedia & Graphics

Angela Whitiker's Climb
By ISABEL WILKERSONAngela Whitiker has gone from welfare statistic to the middle class. She and her oldest son, Nicholas, were profiled in The Times in 1993.
A Success Story That's Hard to Duplicate
Photographer's Journal: Angela's Journey
The Manful Life of Nicholas, 10 (April 4, 1993)

Encounters With Class
Christopher Buckley, Richard Price, Diane McWhorter, Linda Chavez and David Levering Lewis describe their encounters with class.
Forum: Share Your Encounters With Class

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