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Cut Adrift: Families in Insecure Times

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Cut Adrift makes an important and original contribution to the national conversation about inequality and risk in American society. Set against the backdrop of rising economic insecurity and rolled-up safety nets, Marianne Cooper’s probing analysis explores what keeps Americans up at night. Through poignant case studies, she reveals what families are concerned about, how t ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 31st 2014 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Chris Chester
Apr 01, 2015 Chris Chester rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In a world where both companies and the American government are backing off from their role of backstopping the economic security of citizens, how are regular people coping with the extra burden? It's a question that baffles me personally, as an educated middle class professional, because I have trouble conceiving how people decide to do extravagant things like... I don't know... have children when the prospects seem so arduous?

Marianne Cooper — a lead research on Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In: Wome
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Caren
Nov 02, 2014 Caren rated it really liked it
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The author, a sociologist, spent several years following families who represented different income levels in order to explore how the insecurities of our times affect families. Interestingly, she found that families at the bottom convinced themselves they really needed less and "downscaled" their expectations, while the most financially secure families "upscaled" their expectations, never quite feeling they ever had enough and continually trying to save and acquire more for their financial nest ...more
David Bennett
Nov 07, 2014 David Bennett rated it it was amazing
I lived in Palo Alto in the late 70's. This is an excellent book on the disparity that exists amongst socio-economic and racial boundaries in Silicon Valley. I can remember driving to a park in Palo Alto with our baby daughter and being told that we couldn't go into it because we didn't have right address? We happened to live in the wrong area of Palo Alto and thus weren't considered worthy to use the park. This book is an excellent tool for understanding the insecurity isn't just for the ...more
CE Depner
Jun 05, 2016 CE Depner rated it it was amazing
Cooper's extensive and thoughtful research unveils the emotional impact of growing economic inequity and uncertainty for American Families. Her book puts real faces on the statistics all see every day in the news.
Lynn
Sep 01, 2015 Lynn rated it liked it
Before reading this book I hadn't given much thought to family insecurity, but this book had some enlightening insight. The different approaches to dealing with life based on class, gave me some understanding of how circumstances affect how we feel secure.
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Aug 06, 2016 W rated it it was ok
My daughter read this book for a college class and gave it to me to read when the semester ended. That was 18 months ago and I've only read 1/3 of it. Perhaps some day I will pick it up again but it made me sad and right now I feel like life is too short to read sad books.
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Marianne Cooper, Ph.D. is a sociologist at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University and an affiliate at the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality.

She was the lead researcher for Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg and is a contributor to LeanIn.org.

She is the author of Cut Adrift: Families in Insecure Times, which examines how families are cop
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