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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (16 May 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781633693784
  • ISBN-13: 978-1633693784
  • ASIN: 1633693783
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
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"American law professor Joan Williams has just written a powerful book dissecting these discontents, The White Working Class. Among her searing insights is that class consciousness on the left has been replaced by class cluelessness, even callousness.” ― The Toronto Star

“The people Joan Williams describes are my people, for better or for worse...buy her book, White Working Class. It’s very practical.” ― Rod Dreher, The American Conservative

“Recommended reading: At least a dozen good books have come out on why the white working class turned so powerfully against Democrats…. The most insightful of these include Joan Williams' White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America ...” ― Robert Kuttner for NPR’s Truth, Politics and Power

“Making an admirable and research-driven effort to see things from the point of view of her subject, author Williams unpacks exactly how the white working class (WWC) viewed the election, and how their history-making choice made a lot of sense given their concerns.” ― New York Post

“…will undoubtedly be another best-selling book…” ― New York Magazine

“Joan C. Williams is on a post-Trump mission to explore the ‘broken’ relationship between America’s liberal elite and the white working class” ― The Financial Times

Advance Praise for White Working Class:

Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New America―
“Joan C. Williams has an uncanny knack for striking at the core of complicated issues, first gender and now class. No one should have an excuse for ‘class cluelessness’ after reading this book―and everyone should read it.”

Arlie Russell Hochschild, Author, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
“Joan C. Williams has written an urgently needed Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus for the professional elite and the white working class, only better. Each chapter illuminates a core source of misunderstanding, and together they chart a way to bring the country together without abandoning the values of the minorities in the coalition. Read this highly important book and let’s get to it.”

Tony Schwartz, Author, The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working; CEO, The Energy Project―
“In this blunt, compelling, tightly argued manifesto, Joan C. Williams sets out to truly understand the white working class, whose raw anger was so evident during the recent presidential race. Williams provides deep insight into why the working class resents the nonworking poor, and often admires the very rich; feels treated unfairly by the government despite the services it provides; can’t easily move to cities where there are more jobs; and feels increasingly demonized, displaced, and devalued by what she calls the ‘professional managerial elite.’ I felt shame and gratitude reading this book, and a new appreciation for the complexity of people’s lives.”

“Joan C. Williams is a law professor, and quite left wing, but she evinces a sensitivity to her subject highly uncommon 
to her class... she writes as someone who knows these people intimately, and respects and loves them, even when
she disagrees with them…her diagnosis of the problem is spot-on and consistently thought-provoking.” – Blooomberg View, Must Read for 2017

About the Author

Joan C. Williams is Distinguished Professor of Law and Hastings Foundation Chair at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Williams’s work includes What Works for Women at Work, coauthored with Rachel Dempsey (New York University Press, 2014); Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What To Do About It (Oxford University Press, 2000); and such widely read reports as “The Three Faces of Work-Family Conflict,” coauthored with Heather Boushey. Williams is frequently featured as an expert on social class. For more information, visit JoanCWilliams.com.

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