Families eat lunch at a soup kitchen in a church, in Waterbury, Connecticut.
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How do American families define economic security these days? 

Wealthier people in America have been raising their standards on what they consider economic security, even as people struggling with less are lowering their standards about what they see as acceptable. That's among the findings of a new book called "Cut Adrift: Families in Insecure Times."

Its author is Stanford sociologist Dr. Marianne Cooper, who also served as the lead researcher on Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In," the Facebook COO's best seller on women and leadership. 

Click the media player above to hear Dr. Marianne Cooper in conversation with Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio.

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