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Newman, Katherine S. 1953-

Works: 43 works in 232 publications in 3 languages and 17,318 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  Cross-cultural studies 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: HV4045, 371.782
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Katherine S Newman
Most widely held works by Katherine S Newman
Rampage : the social roots of school shootings by Katherine S Newman( Book )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,759 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The authors examine two school shootings of the 1990s: Westside, Arkansas and Heath, Kentucky
Falling from grace : the experience of downward mobility in the American middle class by Katherine S Newman( Book )

29 editions published between 1988 and 2006 in English and held by 1,730 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Covers among other topics the effects of downward mobility on families, blue collar workers, and middle class women
No shame in my game : the working poor in the inner city by Katherine S Newman( Book )

23 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and held by 1,360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In No Shame in My Game, anthropologist Katherine Newman presents a view of inner-city poverty radically different from that commonly accepted. The all-too-prevalent picture we get of the poor today - in the media, in the political sphere, and in scholarly studies - is of alienated minorities living in big-city ghettos, lacking in values and family structure, criminally inclined, and permanently dependent on government handouts." "What Newman reveals, however - as she focuses on the working poor in Harlem, one of the country's most depressed urban areas - is a community of people who are committed to earning a living, struggling to support themselves and their families on minimum-wage dead-end jobs, and clinging to the dignity of a regular paycheck, no matter how meager." "For two years, Professor Newman and her assistants followed people in Harlem - from work to school to the streets to their homes - and spent hundreds of hours talking to employees, and their bosses and supervisors, their friends and families. From observations and interviews, we come to understand not only the essential contribution that low-wage earners make to the survival of poor households, but also the ways in which these jobs affect young people's attitudes, prospects, and self-image. Most powerfully, we listen as low-wage earners speak about their jobs, their ambitions, and their values - especially their devotion to family and belief in the work ethic."--Jacket
The missing class : portraits of the near poor in America by Katherine S Newman( Book )

16 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book gives voice to the 57 million Americans--including 21 percent of the nation's children--who are sandwiched between poor and middle class. While government programs help the needy and politicians woo the more fortunate, the "Missing Class" is largely invisible and ignored. Through the experiences of nine families, sociologists Newman and Chen trace the unique problems faced by individuals in this large and growing demographic--the "near poor"--Who have transformed their lives through hard work and determination. Newman and Chen explain where these families came from, how they've struggled to make a decent living, and why they're stuck without a safety net.--From publisher description
Declining fortunes : the withering of the American dream by Katherine S Newman( Book )

11 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 1,239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American society has reneged on its promise to the baby-boom generation. Young people for the first time find themselves unable to duplicate, let alone surpass, their own parents' standard of living. Although the media are filled with images of high-living yuppies, the realities for this generation of adults are far bleaker: home ownership rates are falling precipitously, pink slips cascade from corporate headquarters, and costs of raising a family rise threateningly. How are Americans coming to grips with declining fortunes? Based on years of probing research and candid interviews with postwar suburban parents and their baby-boom children, this book provides an unblinking look at the damage that economic decline has done to the people of America - damage reflected in taxpayer revolts, anger at the urban underclass, and fury at the nation's political elites
Chutes and ladders : navigating the low-wage labor market by Katherine S Newman( Book )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,036 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Now that the welfare system has been largely dismantled, the fate of America's poor depends to a large degree on what happens to them in the low-wage labor market. Katherine S. Newman explores whether the poorest workers and families benefited from the tight labor markets and good economic times of the late 1990s." "To supplement her ethnographic portraits, Newman examines the national picture, showing that patterns around the country paralleled the findings from some of New York's most depressed neighborhoods. More than a story of the shifting fortunes of the labor market, Chutes and Ladders asks probing questions about the motivations of low-wage workers, the dreams they have for the future, and their understanding of the rules of the game."--Jacket
The accordion family : boomerang kids, anxious parents, and the private toll of global competition by Katherine S Newman( Book )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,004 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why are adults in their twenties and thirties boomeranging back to or never leaving their parents' homes in the world's wealthiest countries? Acclaimed sociologist Newman addresses this phenomenon in this timely and original book that uncovers fascinating links between globalization and the failure-to-launch trend
Law and economic organization : a comparative study of preindustrial societies by Katherine S Newman( Book )

11 editions published between 1983 and 2003 in English and Spanish and held by 685 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The question why certain kinds of legal institutions are found in certain kinds of societies has been little explored by anthropologists. In this book Katherine Newman examines a sample of some sixty different preindustrial societies, distributed across the world, in an attempt to explain why their legal systems vary. The key to understanding this variation, Professor Newman argues, is to be found in economic organization. Adopting a Marxian, or materialist, approach, she draws on original ethnographic sources for each culture in order to investigate how legal processes and institutions regulate basic aspects of economic life in societies with differing types of economic organization. She also examines the commonalities of law within various preindustrial 'modes of production' and shows that the patterning of legal institutions arises from underlying tensions in production systems. In offering an explanation of the distribution of legal institutions across preindustrial societies, as well as for the sources of conflict in such societies, the book makes an important contribution to the comparative study of legal systems. It will interest anthropologists and other readers concerned with the operation and development of legal institutions"--Publisher description
A different shade of gray : midlife and beyond in the inner city by Katherine S Newman( Book )

6 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 630 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A cultural analysis considers the particular challenges of inner city seniors, identifying the historical, personal, and political factors that contribute to the problems being faced by the aged in urban America
Taxing the poor : doing damage to the truly disadvantaged by Katherine S Newman( Book )

12 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book looks at the way we tax the poor in the United States, particularly in the American South, where poor families are often subject to income taxes, and where regressive sales taxes apply even to food for home consumption. The authors argue that these policies contribute in unrecognized ways to poverty related problems like obesity, early mortality, the high school dropout rates, teen pregnancy, and crime. They show how, decades before California's passage of Proposition 13, many southern states implemented legislation that makes it almost impossible to raise property or corporate taxes, a pattern now growing in the western states. The book demonstrates how sales taxes intended to replace the missing revenue, taxes that at first glance appear fair, actually punish the poor and exacerbate the very conditions that drove them into poverty in the first place
Laid off, laid low : political and economic consequences of employment insecurity( Book )

8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The early twenty-first century is witnessing a concerted effort to privatize risk--to shift responsibility for the management or mitigation of key risks onto private-sector organizations or directly onto individuals. Proposals to reform Social Security through the creation of private accounts are perhaps the leading example, but in a wide range of areas, similar trends are now playing out. Yet, ironically, pensions and other private systems for responding to risk also face severe challenges--and often for the same reason that public systems do: the risks that characterize our society and economy have changed more rapidly than the institutions designed to deal with them. From the burdens on pension funds caused by population aging to the pressures on corporate and government health programs created by rapidly rising medical costs, the institutions of risk management are increasingly buffeted by new and intensified pressures that are reshaping how all of us experience and deal with risk. Broader questions about the future of the public sphere--in many different senses of the term--concern which public goods will be provided by governments through taxation; which will be provided by private philanthropy or organizations in civil society; which will be provided by market actors; and which will not be provided at all. These are basic questions for social science, and they are questions for a larger public discussion that needs to be informed by social science. This series brings social science research to bear on these issues, cutting through the confusion and bias common to many policy discussions. Each volume, ranging from 80 to 100 pages, presents a concise review of the issues under consideration and offers empirical, evidence-based opinion from leading scholars in the fields of economics, political science, sociology, anthropology, and law. In general, the five books in this series tackle the relationship between the privatization of risk, but specifically they focus on, respectively: health care and health insurance; employment insecurity and labor markets; pensions, assets, and social security; the pharmaceuticals industry; and natural disasters and homeland security.--From publisher description
Who cares? : public ambivalence and government activism from the New Deal to the second gilded age by Katherine S Newman( Book )

9 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Americans like to think that they look after their own, especially in times of hardship. Particularly for the Great Depression and the Great Society eras, the collective memory is one of solidarity and compassion for the less fortunate. Who Cares? challenges this story by examining opinion polls and letters to presidents from average citizens. This evidence, some of it little known, reveals a much darker, more impatient attitude toward the poor, the unemployed, and the dispossessed during the 1930s and 1960s. Katherine Newman and Elisabeth Jacobs show that some of the social policies that Americans take for granted today suffered from declining public support just a few years after their inception. Yet Americans have been equally unenthusiastic abotu efforts to dismantle social programs once their are established. Again contrary to popular belief, conservative Republicans had little public support in the 1980s and 1990s for their efforts to unravel the progressive heritage of the New Deal and the Great Society. Whether creating or rolling back such programs, leaders like Roosevelt, Johnson, Nixon, and Reagan often found themselves working against public opposition, and they left lasting legacies only by persevering despite it." "Timely and surprising, Who Cares? demonstrates not that Americans are callous but that they are frequently ambivalent about public support for the poor. It also suggests that presidential leadership requires bold action, regardless of opinion polls."--Jacket
After freedom : the rise of the post-apartheid generation in democratic South Africa by Katherine S Newman( Book )

6 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twenty years after the end of apartheid, a new generation is building a multiracial democracy in South Africa but remains mired in economic inequality and political conflict. The death of Nelson Mandela in 2013 arrived just short of the twentieth anniversary of South Africa's first free election, reminding the world of the promise he represented as the nation's first Black president. Despite significant progress since the early days of this new democracy, frustration is growing as inequalities that once divided the races now grow within them as well
Reskilling America : learning to labor in the twenty-first century by Katherine S Newman( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From Katherine Newman, award-winning author of No Shame in My Game, and sociologist Hella Winston, a sharp and irrefutable call to reenergize this nation's long-neglected system of vocational training. After decades of off-shoring and downsizing that have left blue collar workers obsolete and stranded, the United States is now on the verge of an industrial renaissance. But we don't have a skilled enough labor pool to fill the positions that will be created, which are in many cases technically demanding and require specialized skills. A decades-long series of idealistic educational policies with the expressed goal of getting every student to go to college has left a generation of potential workers out of the system. Touted as a progressive, egalitarian institution providing opportunity even to those with the greatest need, the American secondary school system has in fact deepened existing inequalities. We can do better, argue acclaimed sociologists Katherine Newman and Hella Winston. Taking a page from the successful experience of countries like Germany and Austria, where youth unemployment is a mere 7%, they call for a radical reevaluation of the idea of vocational training, long discredited as an instrument of tracking. The United States can prepare a new, high-performance labor force if we revamp our school system to value industry apprenticeship and rigorous technical education. By doing so, we will not only be able to meet the growing demand for skilled employees in dozens of sectors where employers decry the absence of well trained workers -- we will make the American Dream accessible to all"--
Growing gaps : educational inequality around the world by Paul, Ed Attewell( Book )

14 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Outlining the world-wide race for educational advantage, this book takes a comparative approach. Covering almost every continent, this book provides an overarching examination of who is actually able to benefit from economic growth and who, because of the educational demands it brings about, it shuts out
Discrimination in an unequal world( Book )

14 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Proponents of globalization argue that it is helping & that in a competitive world, no one can afford to discriminate except on the basis of skills. Opponents counter that globalization does nothing but provide a meritocratic patina on a consistently unequal distribution of opportunity
Blocked by caste : economic discrimination in modern India( Book )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume argues that the Indian society is characterized by multiple forms of discrimination and exclusion that create profound barriers to upward mobility and freedom from structures of deprivation. The essays study widespread patterns of discrimination and underlying attitudinal orientations that contribute to inequality in various aspects of life. Based on archival research, field surveys, and interviews, the contributors explore practical aspects of economic discrimination and social exclusion in India. They also discuss some of the theoretical issues related to social exclusion in general and economic discrimination in particular, to provide conceptual backdrop and to place the empirical studies in necessary theoretical perspective. The book investigates historic patterns of discrimination with factors like reservation in private sector, globalization, caste and employment, ownership of private enterprises, labour market, poverty, health care, education, food security, and creation of Dalit identities as well as the consequences of discrimination and possible remedies. -- Publisher description
Risky business : political and economic consequences of employment insecurity( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oyamotogurashi to iu senryaku : akōdion famirī no jidai = The accordion family : boomerang kids, anxious parents, and the private toll of global competition by Katherine S Newman( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in Japanese and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Qualitative research on the frontlines of controversy( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Katherine Newman American sociologist

Newman, K. S.

Newman, Katherine.

Newman, Katherine 1953-

ニューマン, キャサリン・S.

Falling from grace : the experience of downward mobility in the American middle classNo shame in my game : the working poor in the inner cityThe missing class : portraits of the near poor in AmericaDeclining fortunes : the withering of the American dreamChutes and ladders : navigating the low-wage labor marketThe accordion family : boomerang kids, anxious parents, and the private toll of global competitionLaw and economic organization : a comparative study of preindustrial societiesA different shade of gray : midlife and beyond in the inner city