We're Still Here: Pain and Politics in the Heart of America

Jennifer M Silva (Author)

Product Details

$24.95  $22.95
Oxford University Press, USA
Publish Date
August 01, 2019
6.3 X 1.0 X 9.3 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Jennifer M. Silva is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Bucknell University. Her first book, Coming Up Short: Working-Class Adulthood in an Age of Uncertainty, examined the transition to adulthood for working-class Millennials.


"We're Still Here is insightful, thoughtful and necessary... [it] combines
sociological theory and intimate, personal research for a revealing look at the heartbreak in
one of America's forgotten communities."- Foreword Reviews

"Anyone interested in the lives and motivations of blue-collar workers and their participation in the electoral process should read this insightful work."-Library Journal, Starred Review

"Silva demonstrates how the personal feeds into the political, how people project their frustrations--as well as their pain, disappointment, and anger--onto political candidates and onto each other."--Publisher's Weekly

"Silva's thoughtful, compelling study illustrates the complexities of work, race, and hope as the promise of the American Dream, for many, appears dim."--Booklist

"Silva's is an unforgiving book... But it's essential. It lays out one of the most fundamental cultural challenges of our time, and does so in a clear and thoughtful, if disturbing, way."--Inside Higher Ed

"As Silva reveals, many white residents (perhaps reluctantly) accepted an exchange of economic insecurity for the psychological comfort of white racial exceptionalism to deal with the changes. In fact, many whites interviewed for this book had constructed a working-class identity that rested primarily on their whiteness, leading one-time Democratic Party loyalists to support Donald Trump . . . Highly recommended." -- CHOICE