The Moral Underground by Lisa Dodson
How Ordinary Americans Subvert an Unfair Economy

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Here is a book that tells the real story of the countless unsung heroes who bend or break the rules to help those millions of Americans with impossible schedules, paychecks, and lives. Whether it is a nurse choosing to treat an uninsured child, a supervisor deciding to overlook infractions, or a restaurant manager sneaking food to a worker’s children, middle-class Americans are secretly refusing to be complicit in a fundamentally unfair system that puts a decent life beyond the reach of the working poor.

In a national tale of a kind of economic disobedience—told in whispers to Lisa Dodson over the course of eight years of research across the country—hundreds of supervisors, teachers, and health care professionals describe intentional acts of defiance that together tell the story of a quiet revolt, of a moral underground that has grown in response to an immoral economy.

A hugely important book, as hopeful as it is searing and with profound implications, The Moral Underground combines narratives and social research to document a whole new phenomenon—people reaching across America’s economic fault line—and provides a missing national account of the human consequences and lives behind the business-page headlines.

About Lisa Dodson

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Lisa Dodson is a fellow at the Radcliffe Public Policy Institute, senior researcher at the Tobin School Family Support Program, and an instructor of evaluation research at the University of Massachusetts. She lives in Auburndale, Massachusetts
Published January 12, 2010 by The New Press. 242 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Parenting & Relationships, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Eloquent, rational analysis of the social intersections between middle-class working Americans and working-poor Americans, and the surprising daily efforts by bosses, teachers and healers to level this uneven economic playing field.

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