Houston, Texas, long thought of as a traditionally blue-collar black/white Southern city, has transformed into one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse metro areas in the nation, surpassing even New York by some measures.
With a diversifying economy and large numbers of both highly skilled technical jobs in engineering and medicine and low-skilled minimum-wage jobs in construction, restaurant work, and personal services, Houston has become a magnet for the new divergent streams of immigration that are transforming America in the 21st century. And thanks to an annual systematic survey conducted over the past thirty-eight years, the ongoing changes in attitudes, beliefs, and life experiences have been measured and studied, creating a compelling data-driven map of the challenges and opportunities that are facing Houston and the rest of the country.
In Prophetic City, we’ll meet some of the new Americans, including a family who moved to Houston from Mexico in the early 1980s and is still trying to find work that pays more than poverty wages. There’s a young man born to highly educated Indian parents in an affluent Houston suburb who grows up to become a doctor in the world’s largest medical complex, as well as a white man who struggles with being prematurely pushed out of the workforce when his company downsizes.
“Eye-opening and accessible” (Publishers Weekly), this timely and groundbreaking book tracks the progress of an American city like never before. Houston is at the center of the rapid changes that have redefined the nature of American society itself in the new century, and is where, for better or worse, we can see the American future emerging.
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About the Author
Table of Contents
Author's Note ix
Public Perceptions in a Rapidly Changing World
1 Getting to Houston 3
2 The Quintessential American City: Houston, 1836-1982 9
3 Launching the Systematic Study of a City in Transition 33
Confronting the New Economy
4 When All the Good Fortune Suddenly Ended 55
5 The Growing Opportunity Gap 79
6 The Moral Core of a Paradoxical City 99
The Diversity Revolution
7 The Black/White Divide 125
8 The Demographic Transformations 149
9 The New Face of Houston 169
Coming to Grips with the New Realities
10 Generational Divides in a Time of Transition 203
11 The New Importance of Quality of Place 227
12 Pathways to Success or Failure 255
13 Where Will Houston Go from Here? 279