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Privilege Lost: Who Leaves the Upper Middle Class and How They Fall

Jessi Streib


One in two white youth born into the upper-middle class will fall from it. Drawing upon 10 years of longitudinal interviews with over 100 American youth, this book shows which upper-middle-class youth are most likely to fall, how they fall, and why they do not see it coming. The book shows that upper-middle-class youth inherit different amounts of academic knowledge, institutional insights, and money from their parents. Those raised with more of these resources enter class reproduction pathways, while those raised with fewer of these resources enter downwardly mobile paths. Of course, upper-mi ... More

Keywords: social class, downward mobility, inequality, transition to adulthood, family, religion, parenting, privilege

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190854041
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190854041.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessi Streib, author
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Duke University