Racial Attitudes In America / Edition 2

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Overview

This new edition brings fully up-to-date a book widely praised for its clear and objective presentation of changes in American racial attitudes during the second half of the twentieth century.

The book retains the division of racial attitudes into principles of equality, government implementation of those principles, and social distance, but adds questions concerning affirmative action and beliefs about sources of inequality. A conceptual section now opens the book, evidence on social desirability has been added, and a new chapter deals with cohort effects and with the impact of income, education, and gender. In key instances, randomized experiments are introduced that test hypotheses more rigorously than is ordinarily possible with survey data. Throughout, the authors have reconsidered earlier ideas and introduced new thinking.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Review of Books

From a review of the first edition:

A significant study, easily the best in its field, underpinning its statistical analysis with a strong sense of history.
— Andrew Hacker

New York Review of Books - Andrew Hacker

From a review of the first edition:

A significant study, easily the best in its field, underpinning its statistical analysis with a strong sense of history.

New York Review of Books
From a review of the first edition:

A significant study, easily the best in its field, underpinning its statistical analysis with a strong sense of history.
— Andrew Hacker

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674745698
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 2/25/1998
  • Series: Social Trends in the United States Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,458,407
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard Schuman is Professor of Sociology and Research Scientist, Emeritus, at the University of Michigan’s Survey Research Center.

Charlotte Steeh is Researcher in Survey Methodology at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Maria Krysan is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Pennsylvania State University and a Research Affiliate in its Population Research Institute.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Edition

Preface to the 1985 Edition

Theoretical and Historical Perspectives

Problems in Studying Changes in Racial Attitudes

Trends in White Racial Attitudes

Sources of Change in White Racial Attitudes

Trends in Black Racial Attitudes

Theoretical Interpretations of Changes in White Racial Attitudes

Conclusion: The Complexity of Race Relations

Appendix A: Locating Trend Data on Racial Attitudes

Appendix B: Unstandardized Coefficients for Period/Cohort

Variables from Regression Models in Chapter 4

Notes

References

Index

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