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Black Wealth/ White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality

Black Wealth/ White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality


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Black Wealth/ White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality

Black Wealth/White Wealth demonstrates how an analysis of private wealth uncovers a revealing story about race in America. An examination of how assets are created, expanded and preserved reveals a deep economic divide between blacks and whites. Charting the changing structure of inequality over many generations, the authors examine how and why many blacks have had difficulty accumulating wealth and opportunities for a better life. In combining quantitative data from over 12,000 households and interviews with a range of black and white families, the racial face of wealth in America is measured and conceptualized.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415913751
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/28/1995
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Melvin L. Oliver is Vice-President of the Ford Foundation's Asset Building and Community Development Program. He is on leave from UCLA where he is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy. Thomas M. Shapiro is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern University. He is the author of Population Control Politics: Women, Sterilization, and Reproductive Choice.

Table of Contents

1. Race, Wealth, and Equality; 2. A Sociology of Wealth and Racial Inequality; 3. Studying Wealth; 4. Wealth and Inequality in America; 5. A Story of Two Nations: Race and Wealth; 6. The Structuring of Racial Inequality in American Life; 7. Getting Along: Renewing America's

Commitment to Racial Justice.

decisive ways. In a powerfully written book, Oliver and Shapiro present compelling evidence, incisive arguments and cogent policy suggestions to address the lingering racial divide. A must read! (Maxine Waters, U.S. House of Representatives, California)

society (Senator Bill Bradley)

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