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A Nation Divided: Diversity, Inequality and Community in American Society

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The United States will enter the twenty-first century with an increasingly diverse, unequal, and divided population. Longstanding tensions persist between ethnic groups, rich and poor, and immigrants and the native-born. New sources of strain involve sexual and gender minorities, those who possess alternate family forms, and white and nonwhite immigrants, as well as the widening gulf between rich and poor Americans.A Nation Divided offers a fresh approach to these controversial issues. In this volume, leading ...
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Overview

The United States will enter the twenty-first century with an increasingly diverse, unequal, and divided population. Longstanding tensions persist between ethnic groups, rich and poor, and immigrants and the native-born. New sources of strain involve sexual and gender minorities, those who possess alternate family forms, and white and nonwhite immigrants, as well as the widening gulf between rich and poor Americans.A Nation Divided offers a fresh approach to these controversial issues. In this volume, leading social scientists explore the potentially explosive combination of diversity and inequality. Using the latest theory and research, the authors show how different groups become socially and economically unequal and how such patterns of "durable inequality" affect national stability. They also discuss strategies for reducing durable inequality and creating social harmony. Their contributions address the changing demography of diversity and inequality and the interplay of diversity, inequality, and community in educational institutions, the military, the family, popular culture, and religion.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Splendid. . . Well-argued, carefully documented."—Library Journal

"Throughout the volume, the central question is revisited time and again from different angles and in different substantive settings, thus achieving overall thematic coherence without being redundant or repetitious. It is a pleasant surprise, and the editors are to be commended for their organizational acumen. . . The volume lucidly demonstrates the possibilities of integrating the social and sociological problems. . . The volume as a whole will appeal to anyone who is interested in the issue of inequality and American society today."—Shin-Kap Han, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Contemporary Sociology, Vol. 30, No. 3, May 2001

"With contributions by many of America's leading social scientists, [A Nation Divided] provides a marvelous overview of our increasingly diverse, and persistently unequal society. It will find an appreciative audience in college classrooms and among professional sociologists as well as members of the reading public."—Philip Kasinitz, Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

"An impressive array of scholarly studies. A stimulating and valuable volume for those of us who teach about the social and economic trends that are now reshaping this nation."—Reynolds Farley, Vice President, Russell Sage Foundation

Library Journal
This splendid book addresses what more than a few sociologists consider the most urgent problem facing this country today: the social and economic realities that characterize the lives of different groups of people and, most importantly, the "durable inequalities" that persist over time and make breaking out of old patterns difficult, if not impossible. The almost uniformly first-rate writing in this volume is divided into four sections. The first, "Diversity and Inequality," includes a wonderfully lucid chapter by Melvin L. Kohn countering The Bell Curve. The well-argued, carefully documented chapters in the second part look at race and ethnicity and socioeconomic inequality. Part 3 looks at inequality in educational, military, religious, and familial institutions and in the mass media. The book concludes with approaches to "intergroup tensions." Those not familiar with the terminology of sociology may have trouble with this volume, which is otherwise very highly recommended for academic, research, and larger public libraries.--Ellen Gilbert, Rutgers Univ. Lib., New Brunswick, NJ Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801485886
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Diversity and Inequality
1 Durable Inequality 15
2 Two Visions of the Relationship between Individual and Society: The Bell Curve versus Social Structure and Personality 34
3 Two Faces of Diversity: Recreating the Stranger Next Door? 52
4 Gender, Sexuality, and Inequality: When Many Become One, Who Is the One and What Happens to the Others? 70
Pt. 2 The New Demography of Durable Inequality
5 The State of the American Dream: Race and Ethnic Socioeconomic Inequality in the United States, 1970-90 89
6 Strangers Next Door: Immigrant Groups and Suburbs in Los Angeles and New York 108
7 Jobless Poverty: A New Form of Social Dislocation in the Inner-City Ghetto 133
8 Persisting Inequality between Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan America: Implications for Theory and Policy 151
Pt. 3 Durable Inequality in American Institutions
9 Do Historically Black Colleges and Universities Enhance the College Attendance of African American Youths? 171
10 Overcoming Race: Army Lessons for American Society 189
11 War's Legacy in Men's Lives 209
12 Diversity and Consensus: What Part Does Religion Play? 228
13 Diversity in American Families 245
14 Television and Diversity: The Quantum Leap Model 260
Pt. 4 Afterword
15 The Reduction of Intergroup Tensions 277
16 Long Time Passing: Race, Prejudice, and the Reduction of Intergroup Tensions 296
Bibliography 305
Contributors 327
Index 335
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