Definition of Missing Class
(noun) “[A] forgotten [part] of the [United States’] labor force—too prosperous to be the ‘working poor,’ too insecure to be ‘middle income'” (Newman and Chen 2008:2).
Etymology of Missing Class
- Term coined by Katherine S. Newman and Victor Tan Chen in Missing Class: Portraits of the Near Poor in America. Newman and Chen conducted interviews with public service workers and their families in New York City between 1995–2002 to investigate the missing class phenomenon.
Missing Class Pronunciation
Syllabification: miss·ing class
- American English – /mIs-ing klAs/
- British English – /mIs-ing klAHs/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈmɪsɪŋ klæs/
- British English – /ˈmɪsɪŋ klɑːs/
- Plural: missing classes
- Word origin of “missing” and “class” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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- Katherine Newman on The Missing Class – Bill Moyers Journal: pbs.org
Newman, Katherine S., and Victor Tan Chen. 2007. The Missing Class: Portraits of the Near Poor in America. Boston: Beacon Press.
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