Occupy the Future

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David Grusky, Doug McAdam, Rob Reich, Debra Satz
MIT Press, Jan 18, 2013 - Political Science - 296 pages
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How the Occupy movement has challenged the gap between American principles and American practice—and how we can realize our most cherished ideals.

The Occupy Wall Street movement has ignited new questions about the relationship between democracy and equality in the United States. Are we also entering a moment in history in which the disjuncture between our principles and our institutions is cast into especially sharp relief? Do new developments—most notably the rise of extreme inequality—offer new threats to the realization of our most cherished principles? Can we build an open, democratic, and successful movement to realize our ideals? Occupy the Future offers informed and opinionated essays that address these questions. The writers—including Nobel Laureate in Economics Kenneth Arrow and bestselling authors Paul and Anne Ehrlich—lay out what our country's principles are, whether we're living up to them, and what can be done to bring our institutions into better alignment with them.

Contributers: David Grusky, Doug McAdam, Rob Reich, Erin Cumberworth, Debra Satz, Kenneth J. Arrow, Kim A. Weeden, Sean F. Reardon, Prudence L. Carter, Shelley J. Correll, Gary Segura, David D. Laitin, Cristobal Young, Charles Varner, Doug McAdam, Paul R. Ehrlich, Anne H. Ehrlich, Paul R. Ehrlich and Anne H. Ehrlich, Donald A. Barr, Michele Elam, Jennifer DeVere Brody, H. Samy Alim and David Palumbo-Liu.

 

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Contents

Part II The Empirical and Normative Foundation
Part III The Sources of the Takeoff
Part IV Who Bears the Brunt of the Takeoff?
Part V Inequality Politics and Democracy
Part VI IThe Social Costs of Inequality
Part VII Inequality and Culture
About the Contributors
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David Grusky is Professor of Sociology at Stanford University, Director of the Center on Poverty and Inequality, and coeditor of Pathways Magazine.

Doug McAdam is Professor of Sociology and Director of Urban Studies at Stanford University.

Rob Reich is Associate Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and author of Bridging Liberalism and Multiculturalism in American Education.

Debra Satz is Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University and author, most recently, of Why Some Things Should Not Be for Sale: The Moral Limits of Markets.

Kenneth J. Arrow, who was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1972, is Joan Kenny Professor of Economics and Professor of Operations Research at Stanford University.

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