Driving After Class: Anxious Times in an American Suburbvolume 31


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University of California Press
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5.9 X 9.1 X 0.7 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Rachel Heiman is Associate Professor of Anthropology at The New School.


"Rachel Heiman displays great talent for squeezing ingenious and often compelling meanings out of everyday events. This, of course, is precisely the stuff of anthropology, the study of the ordinary.... Heiman has done signal service by showing us how neoliberal sensibilities are inculcated and enacted in the banalities of daily life, an analysis that can give us clues about where to work for change."-- "American Ethnologist" (11/16/2015 12:00:00 AM)
"There is much to like about this book. What Heiman does particularly well is write with compassion and respect while maintaining her critical voice... Heiman takes the worries of the people of Danboro seriously and shows us their world as they see it. The book is better for it."-- "American Journal of Sociology" (11/16/2015 12:00:00 AM)
"Historically informed and attentive to local specificity, Heiman's book stands as a valuable exemplar of what native ethnography can look like and illustrates the value of turning the anthropological lens on a population often regarded as normative or against which others are created."-- "North American Dialogue" (11/16/2015 12:00:00 AM)
"We want these voices to matter because Heiman has engaged the most recent iteration of a central debate in U.S. history"-- "Journal of the American Ethnological Society" (11/16/2015 12:00:00 AM)
"One of the strengths of Driving after Class is Heiman's development of the vivid term ''rugged entitlement.'' In many ways, rugged entitlement is the classed extension of the ''American spirit, '' a structure of feeling that is pervasive in middle-class suburbs like Danboro."-- "Contemporary Sociology" (11/16/2015 12:00:00 AM)
"Clearly written and argued, this ethnography explores what it was like to be a middle-class American in the 1990s."-- "Anthropologica" (11/16/2015 12:00:00 AM)
"Heiman adopts a unique approach: she seeks to unearth the middle-class subjectivities produced out of, and fueling, these competing trends."-- "American Sociological Association" (11/16/2015 12:00:00 AM)
"Heiman addresses two crucial yet under-theorized conversations - the changing nature of the American suburb and American social class - through a compelling snapshot of everyday life and the subjectivities of banal activities, conversations, signs, and symbols. . . . Driving After Class is not only a fun read, but also an important one."-- "City & Society" (11/16/2015 12:00:00 AM)