The Moral Underground: How Ordinary Americans Subvert an Unfair Economy

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-03-01
  • Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services

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Based on author Lisa Dodson's eight years of research and conversations with hundreds of Americans about the need to create ethical alternatives to rules that ignore the humanity of working parents and put their children at risk,The Moral Undergroundfeatures stories of middle class managers and professionals who refuse to be complicit in an economy that puts a decent life beyond the reach of the working poor. Whether it's a nurse choosing to treat an uninsured child, a supervisor padding a paycheck, or a restaurant manager sneaking food to a worker's children, these unsung heroes reach across the economic fault line to restore a sense of justice to the working world.

Author Biography

Lisa Dodson worked as a union activist, an obstetrical nurse, and the director of the Division of Women's Health for the state of Massachusetts before becoming a professor of sociology at Boston College. The author of Don't Call Us Out of Name, she lives in Auburndale, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Ethics at Workp. 11
Employing Parents Who Can't Make a Livingp. 13
The Meaning of Work Ethicp. 27
American Bosses: Sympathetic, Amoral Marketeers, and a Few Rule Breakersp. 57
Troubling Childrenp. 73
Working for the Good of the Childp. 77
"Irresponsible" Parenting or Social Neglect?p. 93
Beyond Blame: Recognizing Unequal Choicesp. 119
The Sickening Effects Of Povertyp. 133
A Healer's Dilemmap. 135
Trying to Heal Economic Harmsp. 157
Raising A Moral Undergroundp. 169
Roots of Disobediencep. 171
Raising a Moral Undergroundp. 189
Addendum: Research as Democracyp. 201
Notesp. 213
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