The Bridge over the Racial Divide: Rising Inequality and Coalition Politics / Edition 1

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In a work that will significantly influence the political discussion with respect to race and class politics, one of the country's most influential sociologists focuses on the rising inequality in American society and the need for a progressive, multiracial political coalition to combat it. The culmination of decades of distinguished scholarship, The Bridge over the Racial Divide brilliantly demonstrates how political power is disproportionately concentrated among the most advantaged segments of society and how the monetary, trade, and tax policies of recent years have deepened this power imbalance. Developing his earlier views on race in contemporary society, William Julius Wilson gives a simple, straightforward, and crucially important diagnosis of the problem of rising social inequality in the United States and details a set of recommendations for dealing with it.
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Editorial Reviews

It is time to start working on the foundations of the bridge Wilson calls upon us to build.
Robert Kuttner
This book is a superb contribution to the national debate about equality, class, race, and politics. Defying easy categories, as he always does, William Julius Wilson manages to square the circle by blending a strategy of racial uplift with one of practical and believable politics.
Tricia Rose
A powerful call for a multiracial, progressive political coalition to combat rising inequality in America... A very important attempt to deal with the simultaneous evils of race and classÉ. A challenge to activists, leaders, teachers, and parents... I am very impressed by this book and am grateful that a public figure as prominent as Wilson has written it. The complex analysis that has gone into his admirably accessible and politically progressive new book is itself an act of progressive action and faith‹a crucial combination for compassionate social action and for crossing seemingly unbridgeable gaps.
Wilson thoughtfully asserts the need for coalition building with a focus on nonrace-specific issues, although this runs counter to the black leadership tradition. . . . An excellent work.
It is time to start working on the foundations of the bridge [Wilson] calls upon us to build.
Fablo Naranjo
I highly recommend Bridge Over the Racial Divide to anyone concerned with social and economic justice for all.
Social Service Review
In this brief but powerful book, the prominent sociologist William Julius Wilson makes a compelling case for the need for a multiracial coalition to sustain the nation's 'equalizing institutions.' By this he means high quality schools, social welfare programs, labor unions, and regulatory systems that blunt the extremes of the market and disburse the benefits of economic growth to all citizens.
Boston Book Review
A powerful call for a multiracial, progressive political coalition to combat rising inequality in America...The complex analysis that has gone into his admirably accessible and politically progressive new book is itself an act of progressive action and faith.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520229297
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 10/25/2001
  • Series: Wildavsky Forum Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 173
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

William Julius Wilson, a MacArthur Prize Fellow, is the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University. He is past president of the American Sociological Association and has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Academy of Education.
In 1998 he was awarded the National Medal of Science. His previous books include Power, Racism, and Privilege (1976), The Declining Significance of Race (1979), The Truly Disadvantaged (1987), and When Work Disappears (1996).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Racial Antagonisms and the Expanding Ranks of the Have-Nots 11
2 Global Economic Changes and the Limits of the Race Relations Vision 45
3 Building a Foundation for Multiracial Cooperation 67
4 From "Racial Preference" to Affirmative Opportunity 95
5 Bridging the Racial Divide and Coalition Politics 117
Notes 129
Bibliography 145
Index 157
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