The United States will enter the twenty-first century with an increasingly diverse, unequal, and divided population. Longstanding tensions persist between ethnic groups, rich and poor, and immigrants and the native-born. New sources of strain involve sexual and gender minorities, those who possess alternate family forms, and white and nonwhite immigrants, as well as the widening gulf between rich and poor Americans.
A Nation Divided offers a fresh approach to these controversial issues. In this volume, leading social scientists explore the potentially explosive combination of diversity and inequality. Using the latest theory and research, the authors show how different groups become socially and economically unequal and how such patterns of "durable inequality" affect national stability. They also discuss strategies for reducing durable inequality and creating social harmony. Their contributions address the changing demography of diversity and inequality and the interplay of diversity, inequality, and community in educational institutions, the military, the family, popular culture, and religion.
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Number of pages: 360
Weight: 510 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
"An impressive array of scholarly studies. A stimulating and valuable volume for those of us who teach about the social and economic trends that are now reshaping this nation."-- Reynolds Farley, Vice President, Russell Sage Foundation
"Splendid... Well-argued, carefully documented."* Library Journal *
"Throughout the volume, the central question is revisited time and again from different angles and in different substantive settings, thus achieving overall thematic coherence without being redundant or repetitious. It is a pleasant surprise, and the editors are to be commended for their organizational acumen... The volume lucidly demonstrates the possibilities of integrating the social and sociological problems... The volume as a whole will appeal to anyone who is interested in the issue of inequality and American society today."* Contemporary Sociology *
"With contributions by many of America's leading social scientists, [A Nation Divided] provides a marvelous overview of our increasingly diverse, and persistently unequal society. It will find an appreciative audience in college classrooms and among professional sociologists as well as members of the reading public."-- Philip Kasinitz, Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York
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