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The Measure of America, 2010-2011: Mapping Risks and Resilience
     

The Measure of America, 2010-2011: Mapping Risks and Resilience

by Kristen Lewis
 

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ISBN-10: 0814783805

ISBN-13: 9780814783801

Pub. Date: 11/01/2010

Publisher: New York University Press

The Measure of America, 2010-2011, is the definitive report on the overall well-being of all Americans. How are Americans doing—compared to one another and compared to the rest of the world? This important, easy-to-understand guide will provide all of the essential information on the current state of America.

This fully illustrated report, with over

Overview

The Measure of America, 2010-2011, is the definitive report on the overall well-being of all Americans. How are Americans doing—compared to one another and compared to the rest of the world? This important, easy-to-understand guide will provide all of the essential information on the current state of America.

This fully illustrated report, with over 130 color images, is based on the groundbreaking American Human Development Index, which provides a single measure of the well-being for all Americans, disaggregated by state and congressional district, as well as by race, gender, and ethnicity. The Index rankings of the 50 states and 435 congressional districts reveal huge disparities in the health, education, and living standards of different groups. For example, overall, Connecticut ranked first among states on the 2008-2009 Index, and Mississippi ranked last, suggesting that there is a 30-year gap in human development between the two states. Further, among congressional districts, New York’s 14th District, in Manhattan, ranked first, and California’s 20th District, near Fresno, ranked last. The average resident of New York’s 14th District earned over three times as much as the average resident of California’s 20th District, lived over four years longer, and was ten times as likely to have a college degree.

The second in the American Human Development Report series, the 2010-2011 edition features a completely updated Index, new findings on the well-being of different racial and ethnic groups from state to state, and a closer look at disparities within major metro areas. It also shines a spotlight on threats to progress and opportunity for some Americans as well as highlighting tested approaches to fosteringresilience among different groups.

Using a revelatory framework for explaining the very nature of humanprogress, this report can be used not only as a way to measure America but also to build upon past policy successes, protect the progress made over the last half century from new risks, and create an infrastructure of opportunity that can serve a new generation of Americans. Beautifully illustrated with stunning four-color graphics that allow for a quick visual understanding of often complex but important issues, The Measure of America is essential reading for all Americans, especially for social scientists, policy makers, and pundits who want to understand where Americans stand today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814783801
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2010
Series:
Social Science Research Council Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Boxes, Figures, Maps, and Tables
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Key findings
Introduction Human Development in America Today
Introduction
Part I: understanding human Development
Part II: Reducing Risks, Increasing Resilience
Chapter 1 What the American human Development Index Reveals
Chapter 2 A Long and Healthy Life
Introduction
Part I: What the health Index Reveals
Part II: Reducing Risks and Increasing Resilience in health
Chapter 3 Access to Knowledge
Introduction
Part I: What the Education Index Reveals
Part II: Reducing Risks and Increasing Resilience in Access to Knowledge
Chapter 4 A Decent Standard of Living
Introduction
Part I: What the Income Index Reveals
Part II: Reducing Risks and Increasing Resilience in Standard of Living
Conclusion Agenda for Action: Reducing Risks, building Resilience Human Development Indicators
References

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