2012, Mon, Dec 03

Life Chances. Where are the Middle Classes Drifting Toward?

Steffen Mau in conversation with Heinz Bude

Lebenschancen. Wohin driftet die Mittelschicht?

Lebenschancen. Wohin driftet die Mittelschicht?

Steffen Mau, in conversation with Heinz Bude, presents his new book Lebenschancen (Suhrkamp 2012). Moderation: Ulrike Herrmann (taz)

The middle classes? Really, they comprise (for the time being, anyway) most of us. They may be a heterogeneous group but all members share a sense of increasingly coming under pressure. They are shrinking, faced with growing inequalities and exhausting competition. Education is no longer a guarantee for a successful career and the belief in collective self-improvement belongs to the past.

Heinz Bude, Ulrike Herrmann und Steffen Mau discuss the situation facing the middle classes and to what extent policy-makers can open up new avenues of opportunity and create a mentality of optimism, courage and (self-)confidence.