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A groundbreaking work of journalism that identifies a new social affecting work and life Award-winning journalist Alfred Lubrano identifies a cultural phenomenon: the conflict within individuals raised in blue-collar homes, now living white-collar lives. These individuals, whom Lubrano dubs "Straddlers," often find that the values of the working class such as the importance of hard work, loyalty to family and community, and a healthy respect for religion are not sufficient guidance to navigate the white-collar world, where unspoken rules reflect primarily upper-class values. Himself the son of a Brooklyn bricklayer, Lubrano informs his account not only with personal experience but also hundreds of interviews he has conducted with people caught between worlds. Being in the limbo class means you might choose a career your parents have never heard of, or marry outside the neighborhood risking alienation from those closest to you. Here, Lubrano shares the stories of accomplished professionals from a range of industries revealing the difficulties that "straddling" has created in their lives, and parts of themselves they still keep close to the vest. Written by a veteran journalist with a topic sure to stir debate, this book is a landmark work about what lies beneath our social and cultural landscape. Alfred Lubrano is a reporter with the Philadelphia Inquirer and has been a commentator for National Public Radio since 1992. He has won several national and state journalism awards, and has contributed to various magazines and anthologies. He lives with his wife on a horse farm in South Jersey.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780471263760
ISBN-10: 0471263761
Format: Hardback
(244mm x 168mm x 23mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 6-Oct-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Alfred Lubrano

ALFRED LUBRANO is a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and has been a commentator for National Public Radio since 1992. He has won various national and state awards, and has contributed to several magazines and anthologies on writing.

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Limbo by Alfred Lubrano
Paperback, February 2005