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Despite the overwhelming evidence against them, many people still believe they can overcome the economic and racial constraints placed upon them at birth. In the first edition, Heather Beth Johnson explored this belief in the American Dream with over 200 in-depth interviews with black and white families, highlighting the ever-increasing racial wealth gap and the actual inequality in opportunities. This second edition has been updated to make it fully relevant to today’s reader, with new data and illustrative examples, including twenty new interviews. Johnson asks not just what parents are thinking about inequality and the American Dream, but to what extent children believe in the American Dream and how they explain, justify, and understand the stratification of American society. This book is an ideal addition to courses on race and inequality.
Posted June 20, 2007
it was very interesting to see, in fact, what i have thought all along about the differences in the quality of education in 'good' and 'bad' neighborhoods. this book shows that the american dream, the idea of the u.s. being a meritocracy, isn't true. i highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to get an insight on the truth about america's educational system.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.