Hollowing Out the Middle

These stories of civic engagement will certainly inspire and encourage readers struggling to defend their communities.

Hollowing Out the Middle

Author: Patrick J. Carr

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807042390

Page: 256

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In 2001, with funding from the MacArthur Foundation, sociologists Patrick J. Carr and Maria J. Kefalas moved to Iowa to understand the rural brain drain and the exodus of young people from America’s countryside. They met and followed working-class “stayers”; ambitious and college-bound “achievers”; “seekers,” who head off to war to see what the world beyond offers; and “returners,” who eventually circle back to their hometowns. What surprised them most was that adults in the community were playing a pivotal part in the town’s decline by pushing the best and brightest young people to leave. In a timely, new afterword, Carr and Kefalas address the question “so what can be done to save our communities?” They profile the efforts of dedicated community leaders actively resisting the hollowing out of Middle America. These individuals have creatively engaged small town youth—stayers and returners, seekers and achievers—and have implemented a variety of programs to combat the rural brain drain. These stories of civic engagement will certainly inspire and encourage readers struggling to defend their communities. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Hollowed Out

a. Middle-Class. Society. The goal of this book has been to explain how the
hollowing out of the middle class and extreme levels of inequality have harmed
America's economy by undermining trust, causing poor governmental
performance, ...

Hollowed Out

Author: David Madland

Publisher: University of California Press

ISBN: 0520286529

Page: 272

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For the past several decades, politicians and economists thought that high levels of inequality were good for the economy. But because America’s middle class is now so weak, the US economy suffers from the kinds of problems that plague less-developed countries. As Hollowed Out explains, to have strong, sustainable growth, the economy needs to work for everyone and expand from the middle out. This new thinking has the potential to supplant trickle-down economics—the theory that was so wrong about inequality and our economy—and shape economic policymaking for generations.

Hollowing Out The Channels of Income Polarization in the United States

First, middle-income households have hollowed out at a broadly constant rate of
0.2 percent of total household population per year since 1970. Second,
throughout this period, more middle-income households have joined the low-
than ...

Hollowing Out  The Channels of Income Polarization in the United States

Author: Ali Alichi

Publisher: International Monetary Fund

ISBN: 1484328299

Page: 66

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Data show that middle-income households have continued moving down, and less so up, the income distribution in the United States since the 1970s—a phenomenon that is often referred to as the polarization or “hollowing out” of the income distribution. While the level of income polarization is generally lower in the richer states (i.e., those with higher median household income levels), there have been wide variations in the changes in income polarization over time across states. The paper develops two indices to measure income polarization including a novel hollowing-out index. Another important contribution of the paper is to examine the proximate causes of income polarization. The econometric analysis is done at both state and household levels. The results suggest that technology, measured by job routinization, and international trade, measured by job offshoring, can fully explain the non-trend rise in income polarization, with broadly equal contributions. Household characteristics, including age, education, race, and gender have also been important drivers but with a net countervailing effect on income polarization. This is mainly thanks to the rising education level of households, which has led to better incomes.

Coming of Age in America

"Much hand-wringing has occurred over the so-called failure of young people to grow up today. This volume persuasively shows the range of forces that shape the protracted transition to adulthood. An excellent and enjoyable read.

Coming of Age in America

Author: Mary C. Waters

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520270932

Page: 242

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"Much hand-wringing has occurred over the so-called failure of young people to grow up today. This volume persuasively shows the range of forces that shape the protracted transition to adulthood. An excellent and enjoyable read." --Deborah Carr, Professor of Sociology, Rutgers University, and editor of the Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development. "The essays in this volume are written with great verve and intelligence, grounded in extensive fieldwork and careful data analysis." --Frank Furstenberg, Professor of Sociology in the Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania

The International Standard

The main feature would be that the core masonry would run out its sides at right
angles , forming a system of sines and ... B , C , D . Each face of the core masonry
would have a sunken joint in the middle , or hollow at that point of junction .

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The American Journal of Science and Arts

The development of the radiating and circular tubes in Tubularia is merely a
hollowing out of channels in the middle wall of the bud ; and the formation of a
proboscis in all three of the species of Tubularians is simply through a
development of ...

The American Journal of Science and Arts

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American Journal of Science

The development of the radiating and circular tubes in Tubularia is merely a
hollowing out of channels in the middle wall of the bud ; and the formation of a
proboscis in all three of the species of Tubularians is simply through a
development of ...

American Journal of Science

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Nature

The drum - cavity hollowed out of the quadratum . b . The middle , single , and the
lateral , forked Eustachian tubes . c . The extension of the tympanic cavity into the
whole c.hy posterior sphenoid , base and wings , into the periotic bones , st ...

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AQ

So , have we seen a hollowing out of the middle class ? The redistribution of
incomes that has taken place in Australia over the past 25 years has been
marked by a “ hollowing out ' or ' dispersion ' of the middle class that is now a
matter of ...

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The American Journal of Science

Position of the Centre of gravity . — In many European projectiles , every effort is
made by hollowing out the base to throw the centre of gravity " well forward , ” in
order that the disposition of the ball to fly point - foremost may be encouraged as
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The Economics of Labor Markets

Another result was the hollowing - out of middle - level jobs in the was a
deepening sense of gloom among the Ameriincome distribution . can public over
both the growing insecurity of This hollowing - out process is revealed in the ...

The Economics of Labor Markets

Author: Bruce E. Kaufman

Publisher: South Western Educational Publishing

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Page: 805

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In-depth study of labour market theories

Australian Book Review

He argues that we are seeing a “ hollowing out of the middle ' . If he is right , this
hollowing out has significant consequences . Both major political parties have
spent decades courting the wannabe middle class --- from Robert Menzies ...

Australian Book Review

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Gas Burners Old and New

The hollowtop an improved batswing burner . burners — it is not more
complicated in its details than is that burner . ... the gas passes out from the
burner at the ends of the slit more readily than in the middle ; producing a
widestretching flame ...

Gas Burners Old and New

Author: Owen Merriman

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Corporate Hegemony

This hollowing out has occurred to a much lower degree in the working - class
family , and very little in the upper ... but with a few exceptions , the hollowing out
of the middle - class family has gone largely unexamined by social critics and ...

Corporate Hegemony

Author: William M. Dugger

Publisher: Praeger

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Page: 206

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With the continuing consolidation of corporate holdings through wave after wave of mergers and acquisitions, the ubiquitous power of major corporations is of increasing concern from both a practical and a theoretical standpoint. In this study Dugger approaches corporate power as an institutional phenomenon. Through his sharply focused analysis, he traces the development of U.S. corporate hegemony and explores the impact of the big corporation's social dominance in every aspect of contemporary life. The author begins with an examination of the nature of the corporate behemoth, its values and behavior, inner contradictions, drive for economic power, and its unrestricted control of the global market economy. He looks at the underlying dynamics of the corporation's drive for control and the various processes through which its values, meanings, and motives are imposed. These processes include coercion, contamination, subordination, emulation, and mystification. Dugger shows how the careerism corporations demand systematically draws energy and commitment away from family, community, and other spheres of life, thus corroding their meaning and value. He studies the impact of corporate power on the family, schools and colleges, unions, churches, communities, the state, and the media, and demonstrates how each of the power mechanisms is used to devalue and hollow out these institutions. Dugger argues that the social vacuum this creates is being filled by the big corporations. Unique in its institutional approach to the rise and spread of corporate power, Corporate Hegemony makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the crisis of pluralism in the West.