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The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy

Peter Temin


This book analyses the American economy in the twenty-first century as a dual economy in the spirit of W. Arthur Lewis. Adapting the subsistence and capitalist sectors characterized by Lewis, the American dual economy contains a low-wage sector and a FTE (Finance, Technology, and Electronics) sector. The transition from the low-wage to the FTE sector is through education, which is becoming increasingly difficult for members of the low-wage sector because the FTE sector largely abandoned the American tradition of quality public schools and universities. Policy debates about public education and ... More

Keywords: Dual economy, race relations, racecraft, mass incarceration, education, education debts

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780262036160
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262036160.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Temin, author
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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