In fact, the phenomenon described in this book is a general occurrence in most developed and developing countries. Our society, it seems, is going back to the medieval way, where whose child you are matters a lot more than what you are capable of. Gone are the days when you can work your way up the social ladder purely by the combination of your talent/hard work.
Somehow people from the older generation don't appreciate this change. I still have these debates/arguments with my father occasionally; he thinks the youth today are far less motivated and quite underachieving. Well, including myself. But the way I view it, it is simply much harder to achieve the same magnitude of success now.
Should quit my own complaining here. Let's just say that the author has provided me with some very strong support for my argument. Read the book, and you will be amazed how much America today is different from the old perceived "land of opportunity".
BTW, it is also very interesting to compare this book with "My Freshman Year" by Rebekah Nathan, which is also an "undercover" type book, written by an anthropologist. Just to see how many academic taboos Nathan avoided at all cost were broken by the journalist Ehrenreich....Continua