How Insecure Is the American Family? Marianne Cooper talks with Bloomberg

Marianne Cooper, author of Cut Adrift: Families in Insecure Times recently discussed the financial security of American families on Bloomberg TV’s “Taking Stock” with Pimm Fox. Watch to find out how families are dealing with economic instability, and what the ripple effects are on the economy at large.

Cut Adrift makes an important and original contribution to the [more...]


Farewell, ASA!

Thanks to everyone who came to see us at ASA’s annual meeting in San Francisco, Hard Times. For our parting shot, here’s Executive Editor Naomi Schneider with some of our illustrious authors:

(L-R) Timothy Black, Annette Lareau, Naomi Schneider, Marianne Cooper, Mary Erdmans

Till next year!



Live from ASA

UC Press staff and editors are having a great time at the American Sociological Association (ASA)’s annual meeting, Hard Times: The Impact of Economic Inequality on Families and Individuals. Here are some of the authors who stopped by our booth to say hello:

Ana Villalobos with her new book, Motherload Making It All Better in Insecure [more...]


Anxious Times in an American Suburb

by Rachel Heiman

One afternoon, while working as an “ethnographic babysitter” during fieldwork on middle class anxieties amid the lead up to the economic crisis, I was driving 11-year old Doug to soccer practice and then to guitar lessons. At one point I asked him the usual “How was school today?” question. In an overwhelmed voice [more...]


It's Still Not Safe to be a Gay Teacher

by Catherine Connell

“This is going to say a lot about me, but I wish there were more openly gay men and lesbians in [education]. I’m not going to run out and out myself because I still believe my job here should be to be your science teacher, not your gay science teacher. But, no, that’s [more...]


Inequality and the Roots of the Great Recession

by John Iceland

What does income inequality have to do with the Great Recession? After all, wasn’t the recession mainly caused by hanky-panky in the financial sector (or, to put it more formally, the loosening of bank lending rules and rise of mortgage securitization with too little regulatory oversight), which led to a housing bubble that [more...]


The Pursuit of Modern Consuming Femininity

by Sanyu A. Mojola

Jacqueline, a Kenyan high school girl, wanted to be modern. She was not poor, but she nonetheless had needs. As she explained, “You know, if you are a schoolgirl, it is very hard to get money unless you are given by your parent, and let’s say there is a very nice trouser [more...]


From Pink and Blue to Brown: Gendering the Garden

by Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, author of Paradise Transplanted

Cross-posted from Girl w/ Pen

Are flowers feminine and lawn masculine? Or are gardens, with their domestic allure and food provisioning, feminine altogether?   Thinking about gender as a duality of flowery femininity and masculine mowing doesn’t get us very far. It’s like trying to squish bio-diversity into a binary [more...]


Cut Adrift: Families in Insecure Times

by Marianne Cooper, adapted from this post in the Huffington Post

“We are probably in the top 1 percent of all American households . . . So I can’t complain . . . [but] I still don’t feel rich.” To feel secure, Paul Mah, a technology executive, said he needs millions more. “For me, the financial [more...]


Trust Funds of Competitive Kid Capital

by Hilary Levey Friedman

Lois was one of the most involved moms I have ever met. She gave up her professional career to manage the childhood careers of her daughters, which involved private school, private tutors, and private lessons for a variety of afterschool activities. Even though her husband, a doctor, ensured that these activities were [more...]