Economic and social circumstances, education and isolation are all conspiring to preserve a vicious cycle among many working class young adults today. This is the sobering message of Jennifer Silva's new book Coming Up Short: Working-Class Adulthood in an Age of Uncertainty.
Silva investigates why young people from working class areas of Virginia and Massachusetts are finding themselves with an absence of choices. It turns out that there is a pervasive distrust of institutions. And since they might have bad experiences with schools or other institutions, this influences future decisions on what to do with their lives, and influences their inability to seek help from others.