From the Back Cover
Clair Brown's original research draws on a number of previouslyvirtually untapped sources of data, including reports compiled overdecades by the Bureau of Labour Statistics, to present a vivid andextremely detailed picture of the daily lives of working and middleclass American families from the end of World War I to the nineteeneighties.
Brown's argument is that there is in effect a revolution of risingexpectations: as families experience an improvement in theirmaterial well-being she clearly documents how they begin to aspireto the consumption preferences of the next higher class. Thesechanges in consumption patterns have wide ranging impacts on thesurrounding economy, including women's participation in the labourforce and the growth of service industries.
The major findings of the book is that American living standardshave not been falling and are higher, even for those in poverty,than is generally acknowledged. this book will add to thediscussion about how much the US can expect living standards toincrease for the next generation in a globalized economy.
About the Author
Professor of Economics at the Institute of Industrial Relations, University of California, Berkeley.