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Limbo is a thought-provoking treatise on the lasting consequences of class mobility in America. Drawing on his own story as well as on dozens more from individuals who share his experience, award-winning journalist Alfred Lubrano sheds light on the predicament of some 13 million Americans: reconciling their blue-collar upbringing with the white-collar world they now inhabit.

The son of a Brooklyn bricklayer, Lubrano came of age in a neighborhood imbued with typical working-class values like the importance of hard work, loyalty to family and community, and a healthy respect for religion. Academically gifted, he attended Columbia, and went on to achieve professional success as a reporter. But he quickly found that the lessons he had absorbed in childhood would not serve him as well as the upper-class gifts of subtlety, diplomacy, and cultural capital–leaving him strangely isolated from both his workplace peers and the world he’d left behind.

Unfamiliar with the rules of upper-class life, which serves as the model for corporate culture, the "Straddlers" (as Lubrano dubs them) find themselves ill-equipped for that buttoned-down world. Yet they share Lubrano’s ambiguity, and their choices frequently challenge the philosophical and moral assumptions of working-class life.

Combining personal stories with the latest thinking from leading experts, Limbo offers a unique blend of deeply felt first-person confessional and sociological study that is both profoundly affecting and rigorously informed. Though it wholly dismisses the widely held notion that class is a dead subject in America, it avoids cynicism and easy judgment, seeking only to provide a glimpse at what lies beneath our social and cultural fabric.

The profiles here show a remarkable consistency of emotion and experience across a diverse demographic that crosses all boundaries of sex, race, and religion. Opening a long-awaited dialogue, Limbo reflects the reality of a unique class struggling with an all-American brand of cultural isolation. There is something for everyone in these honest and eloquent stories of life in our modern meritocracy.

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A groundbreaking work of journalism that identifies a previously unexamined social concern at the heart of work and life

Award-winning journalist Alfred Lubrano identifies a new cultural phenomenon: the conflict within individuals raised in blue-collar homes, now living white-collar lives. These people often find that the values of the working class are not sufficient guidance to navigate the white-collar world, where unspoken rules reflect primarily upper-class values. The son of a Brooklyn bricklayer, Lubrano informs his account not only with personal experience but also hundreds of interviews he has conducted with accomplished professionals caught between two worlds– and living in class limbo.

Synopsis:

In "Limbo," award-winning journalist Alfred Lubrano identifies and describes an overlooked cultural phenomenon: the internal conflict within individuals raised in blue-collar homes, now living white-collar lives. These people often find that the values of the working class are not sufficient guidance to navigate the white-collar world, where unspoken rules reflect primarily upper-class values. Torn between the world they were raised in and the life they aspire too, they hover between worlds, not quite accepted in either. Himself the son of a Brooklyn bricklayer, Lubrano informs his account with personal experience and interviews with other professionals living in limbo. For millions of Americans, these stories will serve as familiar reminders of the struggles of achieving the American Dream.

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Series 6 and Series 63 accreditations are necessary for anyone who wants to sell mutual funds, variable annuities, and variable life insurance contracts. The Boston Institute of Finance Mutual Fund Advisor Course has refined and improved the study materials for these exams to the point where this course is arguably the best product available for preparing for the Series 6 and Series 63 exams.
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About the Author

ALFRED LUBRANO is a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, a contributing editor to GQ, and a commentator for National Public Radio since 1992. He has won six national journalism awards, and has contributed to several magazines and anthologies on writing.

Table of Contents

Introduction.

1. Bricklayer’s Son: The Birth and Clash of Values.

2. Crawling Out of the Black Hole: The Pain of Transition.

3. The Shock of Education: How College Corrupts.

4. Culture Conflicts: First Encounters with the Upper Classes.

5. Going Home: An Identity Changed Forever.

6. Office Politics: The Blue-Collar Way.

7. Class, Love and Progeny: The Ultimate Battle.

8. Duality: The Never-Ending Struggle with Identity.

Conclusion.

Endnotes.

Source Notes.

Acknowledgments.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780471714392
Author:
Lubrano, Alfred
Publisher:
John Wiley & Sons
Author:
Finance, Boston Institute of
Subject:
Labor
Subject:
Social classes
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Subject:
Business management
Subject:
General Sociology
Subject:
Test Prep General
Copyright:
Series:
Boston Institute of Finance
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
February 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.06x6.06x.73 in. .66 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A groundbreaking work of journalism that identifies a previously unexamined social concern at the heart of work and life

Award-winning journalist Alfred Lubrano identifies a new cultural phenomenon: the conflict within individuals raised in blue-collar homes, now living white-collar lives. These people often find that the values of the working class are not sufficient guidance to navigate the white-collar world, where unspoken rules reflect primarily upper-class values. The son of a Brooklyn bricklayer, Lubrano informs his account not only with personal experience but also hundreds of interviews he has conducted with accomplished professionals caught between two worlds– and living in class limbo.

"Synopsis" by , In "Limbo," award-winning journalist Alfred Lubrano identifies and describes an overlooked cultural phenomenon: the internal conflict within individuals raised in blue-collar homes, now living white-collar lives. These people often find that the values of the working class are not sufficient guidance to navigate the white-collar world, where unspoken rules reflect primarily upper-class values. Torn between the world they were raised in and the life they aspire too, they hover between worlds, not quite accepted in either. Himself the son of a Brooklyn bricklayer, Lubrano informs his account with personal experience and interviews with other professionals living in limbo. For millions of Americans, these stories will serve as familiar reminders of the struggles of achieving the American Dream.
"Synopsis" by , Series 6 and Series 63 accreditations are necessary for anyone who wants to sell mutual funds, variable annuities, and variable life insurance contracts. The Boston Institute of Finance Mutual Fund Advisor Course has refined and improved the study materials for these exams to the point where this course is arguably the best product available for preparing for the Series 6 and Series 63 exams.
  • The study guide contains seven chapters that parallel the content of the exams
  • Each chapter includes review questions and provides the core knowledge necessary to pass the exams
  • The associated test-prep Web course provides sample test questions and tips that will help you get a better feel for the actual exams

Filled with in-depth insight and expert guidance, the Boston Institute of Finance Mutual Fund Advisor Course is the only guide you'll need to pass the Series 6 and Series 63 exams.

"Synopsis" by , Access the industry?s premier print study guide and the industry?s premier online test-prep materials with this unique package. The study guide consists of seven chapters, which parallel the content of the exams. Each chapter includes review questions and provides the core knowledge necessary to pass the exams. The associated test-prep Web course provides sample test questions and tips that will help you get a better feel for the actual exams.

Filled with in-depth insight and expert guidance, you won?t need anything else to pass the Series 6 and Series 63 exams. Order your copy today.

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