An American Public Media’s Marketplace segment focused on a recent Pew Research Center study of what people think it takes to be middle class included quotes from an interview with Professor of Sociology Dennis Gilbert. During the Aug. 31 segment titled “Working your way into the middle class,” Gilbert said that people’s priorities have changed. “They just recognize that you’re not going to be able to have a home, and a college education and some of these other things if you don’t have money to do it. And getting money to do it has become much more dicey than it was in the past.”
Marketplace’s evening report can be heard locally on public radio station WAMC at 90.3 FM at 6:30 p.m. on weekdays. Gilbert is the author of The American Class Structure in an Age of Growing Inequality (Sage, 2011) and recently discussed the topic on Connecticut Public Radio.