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From Middle Income to Poor: Downward Mobility among Displaced Steelworkers

Allison Zippay, Associate Professor and Director of the PhD program charts the decline of displaced blue-collar workers in this case study of Pennsylvania's Shenango Valley, detailing the fallout of the past decade's shift from a manufacturing to a service-based economy. Challenging the assumption that these workers have been absorbed into the post-industrial economy, the volume questions the real nature of their occupational transition. Zippay uses data gathered from in-person interviews to delineate blue-collar downward lifestyle shifts and conveys a community portrait of industrial displacement. The book is available from and other major retailers nationwide.

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