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More than just race, being black and poor in the inner city, William Julius Wilson

More than just race, being black and poor in the inner city, William Julius Wilson
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 156-176) and index
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Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
More than just race
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Responsibility statement
William Julius Wilson
Series statement
Issues of our time
Sub title
being black and poor in the inner city
A preeminent sociologist of race explains a groundbreaking new framework for understanding racial inequality, challenging both conservative and liberal dogma. In this provocative contribution to the American discourse on race, author William Julius Wilson applies a new analytic framework to three politically fraught social problems: the persistence of the inner-city ghetto, the plight of low-skilled black males, and the fragmentation of the African American family. Though the discussion of racial inequality is typically ideologically polarized--conservatives emphasize cultural factors like worldviews and behaviors while liberals emphasize institutional forces--Wilson dares to consider both institutional and cultural factors as causes of the persistence of racial inequality. He reaches the controversial conclusion that, while structural and cultural forces are inextricably linked, public policy can change the racial status quo only by reforming the institutions that reinforce it. This book will dramatically affect policy debates and challenge many of the leaders.--From publisher description
Table Of Contents
Structural and cultural forces that contribute to racial inequality -- The forces shaping concentrated poverty -- The economic plight of inner-city black males -- The fragmentation of the poor black family -- Framing the issues : uniting structure and culture
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