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Joseph Davey, Law & Justice Studies, explores the shrinking middle class in his new book

Date: January 23, 2013


Congratulations to Joseph Davey, Law & Justice Studies, for his most recent publication, The Shrinking American Middle Class:  The Social and Cultural Implications of Growing Inequality (which is available through Palgrave Macmillan-paperback version forthcoming within the next few months).

"The United States lost one third of its factory jobs in the past decade as jobs were outsourced offshore, mostly to Asia. Jobs that require college are next to go. China will award six times as many degrees this year as they did ten years ago and any job that can be digitized will be "tradable." Estimates of the number of vulnerable jobs range from a low 11 million to a staggering 56 million "middle class" jobs. The median American household income has already dropped by seven percent since 2000 and without dramatic changes in the United States workforce that trend will become a disaster for middle class Americans." (Description courtesy of

Davey has also written The New Social Contract: America's Journey from Welfare State to Police State, The Politics of Prison Expansion: Winning Elections by Waging War on Crime, and The Conscience of the Campus: Case Studies in Moral Reasoning Among Today's College Students.