The Moral Underground

The Moral Underground

How Ordinary Americans Subvert An Unfair Economy

Book - 2009
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In a highly accessible mix of narrative and interviews with social science research, Dodson unearths the untold story of a silent movement for justice in contemporary America. Lisa Dodson spent eight years interviewing more than 800 supervisors, teachers and healthcare workers about their experiences interacting with the working poor. She repeatedly heard accounts of people bending the rules to help workers get by. These stories point to a surprising and inspiring phenomenon of the middle class refusing to be complicit in a fundamentally unfair enconomy.
Publisher: New York : The New Press ; [Jackson, Tenn.] : Distributed by Perseus Distribution, 2009.
ISBN: 9781595584724
Branch Call Number: 339.2097 DODSON
Characteristics: x, 227 p. ; 22 cm.


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Apr 16, 2014

Books like these are important for the following reasons: the first union, or rather business union, to cave in to Boeing's anti-pension plan demands was the engineers' union, and now Boeing is shipping out a boatload of engineering jobs, to rid themselves of older engineers, and further open the door to foreign visa scab workers - - because a Colorado judge ruled that a hedge fund manager could run over a bicyclist, and not have to appear in court - - because a Texan judge ruled it was OK for a rich kid to run over and kill four people, and get away with it - - because a Delaware judge ruled it was OK for a member of the du Pont family to rape his 3-year-old daughter, and not serve any time in jail - - and because the Obama administration hasn't jailed any of the banksters responsible for the economic meltdown and super-theft.

Aug 01, 2013

This is an interesting book, but because such people are few and far between in our society today, Dodson's book sounds somewhat farfetched. How I wish we ran into more of the people she describes but, like that local product one hears harkened on the streets (the "Spare Change" paper), it never addresses the real problem: absolute and structural inequality, growing larger daily.


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