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The Declining Significance of Race: Blacks and Changing American Institutions



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This is the 3rd edition with a publication date of 6/27/2012.

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When first published in 1980, The Declining Significance of Raceimmediately sparked controversy with its contentious thesis that race was becoming less of a deciding factor in the life chances of black Americans than class. This new edition of the seminal book includes a new afterword in which William Julius Wilson not only reflects on the debate surrounding the book, but also presents a provocative discussion of race, class, and social policy. "The intellectual strength of this book lies in his capacity to integrate disparate findings from historical studies, social theory and research on contemporary trends into a complex and original synthesis that challenges widespread assumptions about the cause of black disadvantage and the way to remove it."-Paul Starr, New York Times Book Review "This publication is easily one of the most erudite and sober diagnoses of the American black situation. Students of race relations and anybody in a policy-making position cannot afford to bypass this study."-Ernest Manheim, Sociology

Author Biography

William Julius Wilson is the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University. He is the author of many books, including The Truly Disadvantaged, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
From Racial Oppression to Economic Class Subordinationp. 1
Slavery and Plantation Hegemonyp. 24
Segregation and the Rise of the White Working Classp. 42
Industrial Expansion and Dispersed Racial Conflictp. 62
Modern Industrialization and the Alteration of Competitive Race Relationsp. 88
Protests, Politics, and the Changing Black Class Structurep. 122
The Declining Significance of Racep. 144
Epilogue: Race, Class, and Public Policyp. 155
Afterword: The Declining Significance of Race; Revisited and Revisedp. 183
Notesp. 211
Bibliographyp. 247
Supplementp. 258
Indexp. 263
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