The Declining Significance of Race: Blacks and Changing American Institutions / Edition 2

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This new paperback edition includes a major new essay in which William Julius Wilson not only reflects on the debate surrounding his book, but also presents a provocative discussion of race, class, and social policy.

"Wilson has written a profound and provocative book that is destined to become a classic in the field. He has articulated the issues with which future researchers will have to deal. Truly, he has made a contribution to social science."—Wilson Record, American Journal of Sociology

"The intellectual strength of this book lies in his capacity to integrate disparate findings from historical studies, social theory and research on contemporary trends into a complex and original synthesis that challenges widespread assumptions about the cause of black disadvantage and the way to remove it."—Paul Starr, New York Times Book Review

This is a short but important book. . . . Wilson presents a cogent and convincing interpretation of how the changing political and economic structure of the United States profoundly affected the position of black Americans."—Pierre van den Berghe, Sociology and Social Research

"This publication is easily one of the most erudite and sober diagnoses of the American black situation. Students of race relations and anybody in a policy-making position cannot afford to bypass this study."—Ernest Manheim, Sociology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226901299
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1980
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 243
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author


William Julius Wilson is Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University and director of the Joblessness and Urban Poverty Research Program and the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy. He is the author of numerous publications, including The Declining Significance of Race, and The Truly Disadvantaged, both published by the University of Chicago Press.
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Table of Contents


Preface
1. From Racial Oppression to Economic Class Subordination
2. Slavery and Plantation Hegemony
3. Segregation and the Rise of the White Working Class
4. Industrial Expansion and Dispersed Racial Conflict
5. Modern Industrialization and the Alteration of Competitive Race Relations
6. Protests, Politics, and the Changing Black Class Structure
7. The Declining Significance of Race
8. Epilogue: Race, Class, and Public Policy
Notes
Bibliography
Supplement
Index
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