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  • Edition: 00
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  • Copyright: 2010-07-17
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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In American Society: How It Really Works , Erik Olin Wright and Joel Rogers ask several crucial questions: What kind of society is American society? How does it really work? Why is it the way it is? In what ways does it need changing, and how can those changes be brought about?They explore the implications of these questions by examining three key values that most Americans believe our society should realize: Capitalism, Equality, and Democracy. Wright and Rogers ask readers to evaluate to what degree contemporary American society realizes these values and suggest how Americans might solve some of the social problems that confront America today.

Table of Contents

prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Prologue: Perspectives and Valuesp. 1
What Kind of Society is American Society?p. 10
The Capitalist Market: How It Is Supposed To Workp. 35
The Capitalist Market: How It Actually Worksp. 47
The Environmentp. 69
Transportationp. 85
Consumerismp. 103
Health Carep. 124
High-Road Capitalismp. 153
Thinking about Fairness and Inequalityp. 183
Classp. 195
Persistent Poverty and Rising Inequalityp. 205
Ending Poverty in Americap. 253
Racial Inequalityp. 247
Gender Inequalityp. 296
Democracy. How It Worksp. 337
Elections and Votingp. 353
Taxation and the Attack on the Affirmative Statep. 375
Corporate Control of the Mediap. 396
Militarism and Empirep. 412
Labor Unionsp. 432
Democracy from Belowp. 446
Possible Futuresp. 465
Creditsp. 477
Indexp. 479
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