Dartmouth’s Marc Dixon, an associate professor of sociology, is part of a VPR Vermont Edition in-depth discussion that explores the idea of how the middle class is defined in America.
“It’s a loose term,” Dixon tells VPR. “So often in popular usage we are just talking about a way of life. It is almost a standing category for mainstream mid-America life that might include owning a home, having a more or less stable job, and if you didn’t go to college, you certainly have the aspirations of sending your kids there. It’s become a catch-all category in that way.”
Listen to the story, broadcast 11/5/12 on VPR’s Vermont Edition.