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  • Working-Class Heroesby Maria Kefalas

    University of California Press 2003; US$ 15.95

    Chicago's Southwest Side is one of the last remaining footholds for the city's white working class, a little-studied and little-understood segment of the American population. This book paints a nuanced and complex portrait of the firefighters, police officers, stay-at-home mothers, and office workers living in the stable working-class community known... more...

  • Promises I Can Keepby Kathryn Edin; Maria Kefalas

    University of California Press 2011; US$ 29.95

    Millie Acevedo bore her first child before the age of 16 and dropped out of high school to care for her newborn. Now 27, she is the unmarried mother of three and is raising her kids in one of Philadelphia's poorest neighborhoods. Would she and her children be better off if she had waited to have them and had married their father first? Why do so many... more...

  • Hollowing Out the Middleby Patrick J. Carr; Maria J. Kefalas

    Beacon Press 2009; US$ 26.95

    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... more...

  • Coming of Age in Americaby Mary C. Waters; Patrick Joseph Carr; Maria Kefalas; Jennifer Ann Holdaway

    University of California Press 2011; US$ 28.95

    What is it like to become an adult in twenty-first-century America? This book takes us to four very different places?New York City, San Diego, rural Iowa, and Saint Paul, Minnesota?to explore the dramatic shifts in coming-of-age experiences across the country. Drawing from in-depth interviews with people in their twenties and early thirties, it probes... more...

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