More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City (Issues of Our Time)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Mar 22, 2010 - Social Science - 208 pages
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A preeminent sociologist of race explains a groundbreaking new framework for understanding racial inequality, challenging both conservative and liberal dogma.

In this timely and provocative contribution to the American discourse on race, William Julius Wilson applies an exciting 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. 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 only change the racial status quo by reforming the institutions that reinforce it.

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Review: More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City

User Review  - Kirk Miller - Goodreads

Good. Provocative. Challenging. Thesis - "The experience of poor, inner-city blacks represent the influences of more than just race." Their responses and situation "stem from the linkage between new ... Read full review

Review: More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City

User Review  - Selmoore Codfish - Goodreads

The author thoroughly discussed forces that shape concentrated poverty and its effects on people. The author's focus is to evaluate the interactions between structural forces (economy, racism, etc) on ... Read full review



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William Julius Wilson is a University Professor at Harvard University, president emeritus of the American Sociological Association, and the author of numerous books, including the award-winning The Declining Significance of Race and When Work Disappears. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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