Separate Societies: Poverty and Inequality in U.S. Cities / Edition 2

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In this revised and updated edition of their 1992 book Separate Societies, the authors confirm that racial and class inequalities in U.S. metro areas have persisted or grown worse, both before and after the Wall Street meltdown and global economic restructuring. Offering an overview of the urban poor and working class from a progressive perspective of U.S. city conditions and causes, Separate Societies shatters the many myths about improvement.

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"When the authors concluded the first edition with an optimistic appraisal of policy options that could alleviate poverty and inequality, they could not have known that the nation was on the cusp of a political and economic transformation that would greatly exacerbate existing inequalities. Therefore, this second edition is all the more welcome."
— Contemporary Sociology

"[A] coherent account that draws on an extensive array of sources to describe the divisions that isolate poorer residents from the majority of the population....After a thoughtful overview, they amass their evidence to shed light on ‘separate assets’ (income distribution, and differences by race and gender), ‘separate opportunities’ (participation in the labour market, international comparisons) and ‘separate places’ (the changing social and economic contours of city regions). For many readers...the chapter on the changing shape of the American metropolis will be of most interest.... [A] generally incisive and well-argued book."
—Housing Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439902929
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2010
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

William W. Goldsmith is Professor of City and Regional Planning and Director of the Program on International Studies in Planning at Cornell University. He has taught throughtout Latin America, and during the Clinton Administration he served on the EPA Clean Air Act Advisory Board.


Edward J. Blakely is Honorary Professor of Urban Policy at the U.S. Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He ran for Mayor in Oakland in 1998, was Dean at University of Southern California and also at the Milano Graduate School, and most recently served as recovery czar for New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Tables vii

Foreword to the Second Edition Bill Clinton ix

Acknowledgments xi

1 The End of an Era: Divided We Fall 1

2 Separate Assets: Race, Gender, and Other Dimensions of Poverty 35

3 Separate Opportunities: Competition versus Inclusion-The International Dimensions of American Urban Poverty 75

4 Separate Places: The Changing Shape of the American Metropolis 108

5 Rebuilding the American City 149

Notes 195

Bibliography 221

Index 245

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