Toxic Inequality is as much about the "baked-in" middle class as it is the makeshift middle class. Shapiro returns to the homes and communities of families with similar outlooks but divergent outcomes and resources. They comprise a labor market in which high productivity penalizes the hourly wage earner, among other segments, and employer-sponsored benefits incentivizes wealth accumulation for the salaried one.
Apart from Shapiro's insights and solutions, the book's bread and butter are the in-home interviews with respective Black and White families years later. ... the post-Recession follow up to The Hidden Cost of Being African-American.
A book review of Toxic Inequality: How America's Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future (Thomas M. Shapiro)
Jubalyn ExWilliams lives in Pennsylvania (United States). You can find her reviews on books from the Dauphin County Library System, including one for Toxic Inequality by Thomas M. Shapiro, at landturn.com/reviews.
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