The Downsizing of the American Dream

Dave Shafer / Flickr At the height of the Great Recession, Jennifer Silva , a sociology professor at Bucknell University interviewed working-class young people (ages 24 to 34) about coming of age in turbulent economic times. With good jobs harder to find and educational opportunities financially out of reach, Silva discovered that the young adults she talked with were letting go of traditional markers of adulthood. Rather than planning to go to college, buy a home, get married, and start a family, these young adults were bouncing from one low-paid job to the next, taking on debt to weather […]