"The bestselling author of Bowling Alone offers [an] ... examination of the American Dream in crisis--how and why opportunities for upward mobility are diminishing, jeopardizing the prospects of an ever larger segment of Americans"--
Author: Robert D. Putnam
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
A New York Times bestseller and “a passionate, urgent” (The New Yorker) examination of the growing inequality gap from the bestselling author of Bowling Alone: why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility. Central to the very idea of America is the principle that we are a nation of opportunity. But over the last quarter century we have seen a disturbing “opportunity gap” emerge. We Americans have always believed that those who have talent and try hard will succeed, but this central tenet of the American Dream seems no longer true or at the least, much less true than it was. In Our Kids, Robert Putnam offers a personal and authoritative look at this new American crisis, beginning with the example of his high school class of 1959 in Port Clinton, Ohio. The vast majority of those students went on to lives better than those of their parents. But their children and grandchildren have faced diminishing prospects. Putnam tells the tale of lessening opportunity through poignant life stories of rich, middle class, and poor kids from cities and suburbs across the country, brilliantly blended with the latest social-science research. “A truly masterful volume” (Financial Times), Our Kids provides a disturbing account of the American dream that is “thoughtful and persuasive” (The Economist). Our Kids offers a rare combination of individual testimony and rigorous evidence: “No one can finish this book and feel complacent about equal opportunity” (The New York Times Book Review).
The authors note in their third element that the American Dream requires that
each generation have confidence that the ... The most recent analysis of the
American Dream on offer is in Robert Putnam's Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.
Author: Robert C. Hauhart
Category: Social Science
Historically, the United States has been viewed by generations of immigrants as the land of opportunity, where through hard work one can prosper and make a better life. The American Dream is perhaps the United States’ most common export. For many Americans, though, questions remain about whether the American Dream can be achieved in the twenty-first century. Americans, faced with global competition and increased social complexity, wonder whether their dwindling natural resources, polarized national and local politics, and often unregulated capitalism can support the American Dream today. This book examines the ideas and experiences that have formed the American Dream, assesses its meaning for Americans, and evaluates its prospects for the future.
that this is no longer the case, and children born into poverty today face more
daunting challenges to their long-term well-being than thirty ... Robert D. Putnam, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2015). 2.
Author: Lallie B. Lloyd
Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.
The church understands community as unity in diversity: Paul’s vision of the Body of Christ as a physical body, with all parts welcomed and honored as parts of the whole, is an image of community as revolutionary in our day as it was in first century Rome. And the church’s call to act in the world, to be Christ’s hands and heart for healing and reconciliation, hope and justice, gives it a unique role in the national movement to combat education inequity, a movement grounded in education research, community organizing, and community-based organizations. All Our Children offers a variety of stories witnessing the power of real partnerships between faith communities and public schools that create, nurture, and grow relationships, while transforming lives and communities, churches and schools, for healing, liberating action, and resurrection. The book highlights ways that judicatories and congregations are already providing direct service (after-school programs, tutoring, food backpacks), participating in community coalitions of care (with non-profit, higher education, and public service programs and staff), and joining state and regional advocacy campaigns for improved funding, policy, and accountability. Includes an executive summary and discussion guide written by diverse voices within the Episcopal Church, laying theological groundwork while showcasing examples of how partnership between church and school can lift up “education as forming humans” as one way to serve God’s mission in our neighborhoods. Contributors include, plus others: –The Rev. Ben Campbell—Micah Initiative in Richmond –The Rt. Rev. Andrew Waldo—South Carolina’s LARCUM Bishops’ Initiative –Louise Packard—Executive Director, Trinity Boston Foundation –The Rev. Liz Steinhauser—St. Stephen’s, Boston –Michael Sarbanes—Executive Director of Community Engagement, Baltimore –Mark R. Warren—Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs, UMass and Kennedy School fellow
This document looks at the decline of civil society.
Author: Robert D. Putnam
Publisher: Centre canadien de gestion
Category: Community organization
This document looks at the decline of civil society. Topics covered are: social capital; the decline in trust; the decline in civic engagement; bowling alone; the decline in "connectedness"; searching for an explanation; demographic factors; economic factors; age factors; suburbanization, architecture and mobility; the prime suspect; why does it matter?; what can be done?
New chapters in this edition relate the story of Western economic diplomacy until the Reagan Years. They give lucid accounts of the revamped international economic strategy after 1984 and how the Europeans and Japanese reacted to it.
Author: Robert D Putnam
Publisher: SAGE Publications Limited
Category: Political Science
For more than a decade the leaders of the United States, Japan, Western Europe and Canada have met annually to discuss international economic and political issues. Hanging Together analyses the history of these seven-power summits and the relations between the Western allies during these turbulent years. New chapters in this edition relate the story of Western economic diplomacy until the Reagan Years. They give lucid accounts of the revamped international economic strategy after 1984 and how the Europeans and Japanese reacted to it. A new introduction and conclusion place the summits in a theoretical framework.
This lucid book by the preeminent democratic theorist of our time explains the nature, value, and mechanics of democracy. This new edition includes two additional chapters by Ian Shapiro.
Author: Robert A. Dahl
Publisher: Yale University Press
This lucid book by the preeminent democratic theorist of our time explains the nature, value, and mechanics of democracy. This new edition includes two additional chapters by Ian Shapiro. One deals with the prospects for democracy in light of developments since the advent of the Arab spring in 2010. The other takes up the effects of inequality and money in politics on the quality of democracy, a subject that was of increasing concern to Dahl in his final years. “Completely accessible, admirably succinct, intelligent, and even wise, On Democracyoffers the ideal overview of the worst form of government except all others. Robert Dahl masterfully guides the general reader through a tour of the origins, ideals, actualities, and potentialities of democratic government. Even sophisticated students of democracy can learn a lot on this tour.”—Amy Gutman, coauthor of Democracy and Disagreement
Author: Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy Robert D PutnamPublish On: 1993
An eminent group of political scientists demonstrates how international bargaining that reflects domestic political agendas can be undone when it ignores the influence of domestic constituencies.The eleven studies in "Double-Edged Diplomacy ...
Author: Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy Robert D Putnam
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Category: Political Science
This original look at the dynamics of international relations untangles the vigorous interaction of domestic and international politics on subjects as diverse as nuclear disarmament, human rights, and trade. An eminent group of political scientists demonstrates how international bargaining that reflects domestic political agendas can be undone when it ignores the influence of domestic constituencies.The eleven studies in "Double-Edged Diplomacy" provide a major step in furthering a more complete understanding of how politics "between" nations affects politics "within" nations and vice versa. The result is a striking new paradigm for comprehending world events at a time when the global and the domestic are becoming ever more linked.
Studies rural poverty in three regions. Each has its own chapter, at the end of which is a twenty-year update from the original 1999 edition, based on interviews and research data collected in the early 1990s.
Author: Cynthia M. Duncan
Publisher: Yale University Press
Category: SOCIAL SCIENCE
Over five years, sociologist Cynthia Duncan visited remote rural areas across the U.S. and conducted 350 in-depth interviews with the residents to unravel the ways in which poverty is perpetuated--and what can be done to alleviate the problem. Illustrations.
Author: Heather Beth JohnsonPublish On: 2014-11-20
It has been just about ten years since I finished writing my first book, The American Dream and the Power of Wealth. ... Barack Obama as president of the
United States; we have experienced a major economic recession and home
ownership crisis; we have seen the ... Having to make very personal decisions
about where to live and where to send our own kids to school has made my
understanding of the ...
Author: Heather Beth Johnson
Category: Social Science
Despite the overwhelming evidence against them, many people still believe they can overcome the economic and racial constraints placed upon them at birth. In the first edition, Heather Beth Johnson explored this belief in the American Dream with over 200 in-depth interviews with black and white families, highlighting the ever-increasing racial wealth gap and the actual inequality in opportunities. This second edition has been updated to make it fully relevant to today’s reader, with new data and illustrative examples, including twenty new interviews. Johnson asks not just what parents are thinking about inequality and the American Dream, but to what extent children believe in the American Dream and how they explain, justify, and understand the stratification of American society. This book is an ideal addition to courses on race and inequality.
This book is the trusted companion to three PBS segments exploring the devastating effects of the opioid epidemic, which is the worst man-made epidemic in the history of our nation, and the programs redefining the treatment and recovery ...
Author: Harry Wiland
This book is the trusted companion to three PBS segments exploring the devastating effects of the opioid epidemic, which is the worst man-made epidemic in the history of our nation, and the programs redefining the treatment and recovery process.
Boston female Americans Talk “ We ' re losing the American Dream because we '
re losing the American family . It all goes back to the ... Los Angeles female " We '
ve tried to make everything so easy for our kids . Now look at what we ' ve ...
Do the way we teach kids about drugs and the messages reinforced about them
in our culture, especially regarding the ... There is a crisis of interpretation
regarding the meaning of recovery, the practice of recovery, and agreements on
Author: Patricia A. Adler
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Drugs and the American Dream presents an up-to-date anthology of chiefly contemporary readings that explore the myriad sociological correlates of licit and illicit drug use in the United States. Unique approach to the topic that offers an organizing theme of sociological concepts-age, social class, ethnicity, gender, as well as societal response to drug use including drug education, treatment, and policy. The book is interdisciplinary in terms of approach, making it useful in a variety of contexts. Includes a wide array of ethnographic articles that place reader directly into the perspectives of drug users through their own voices Brief framing introductions to each article provide "interconnective tissue," guiding the student to the heart of what's important in the piece that follows. Offers a balanced approach to various substances-tobacco, alcohol, prescription drugs, and illegal drugs. Provides students with a realistic perspective on the extent of substance use in American society as well as a critical appreciation of the real versus imagined harms associated with use of various substances.
Reclaiming the Promise of American Education Pedro Noguera. rebuild America.
... Crisis in American institutions. New York: ... The content of our character. New
York: St. ... Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria? New York: ...
Author: Pedro Noguera
Publisher: Teachers College Press
What will it take for urban schools to achieve the kind of academic performance required by new state and national educational standards? How can classroom teachers in city schools help to close the achievement gap? What can restore public confidence in public schools? Pedro Noguera argues that higher standards and more tests, by themselves, will not make low-income urban students any smarter and the schools they attend more successful without substantial investment in the communities in which they live. Drawing on extensive research performed in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and Richmond, Noguera demonstrates how school and student achievement is influenced by social forces such as demographic change, poverty, drug trafficking, violence, and social inequity. Readers get a detailed glimpse into the lives of teachers and students working "against the odds" to succeed. Noguera sends a strong message to those who would have urban schools “shape up or shut down”: invest in the future of these students and schools, and we can reach the kind of achievement and success that typify only more privileged communities. Public schools are the last best hope for many poor families living in cities across the nation. Noguera gives politicians, policymakers, and the public its own standard to achieve—provide the basic economic and social support so that teachers and students can get the job done! “In this engaging book, Pedro Noguera provides a compelling vision of the problems plaguing urban schools and how to address them. City Schools and the American Dream is replete with insights from a scholar and former activist who makes great use of both personal and professional experiences.” —William Julius Wilson, Harvard University
Likewise, a trip to the mall has become a way we entertain ourselves and our kids. ... “Even before the crisis, it was obvious that the traditional American Dream
had been displaced by a 'more is better' focus that promotes not quality of life, but
Author: Shari B. Olefson
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Category: Business & Economics
The family residence is the backbone of the American economy, the most valuable and enduring asset for those who have achieved a financial foothold. Yet today record numbers of households confront foreclosure. In the next year it is estimated that over two million Americans will lose their homes and almost two billion dollars of wealth will disappear in the process. How did the traditional "American Dream" morph into a nightmare for so many? Real estate attorney and educator Shari B. Olefson, a recognized expert in the current mortgage crisis and its effects on homeowners, explains how America slipped to the edge of this dangerous stagnation-recession precipice. In plain language that is easily understandable to the average person, she clarifies legal and financial terminology and describes how our country’s mortgage system really works. Utilizing real-life lender and borrower interviews, she exposes its intrinsic flaws and often discriminatory practices, from the mortgage application process to the securitization of bundled mortgages by large investment firms. She also provides evidence to show the government’s and Wall Street’s roles in both causing and solving the problem. Above all, Olefson offers expert tips, tools, and resources to help you: • Choose a mortgage professional and understand what’s motivating him or her • Decide what mortgage product fits best and when to refinance • Get the best fees, interest rate, and service • Create your own solutions for navigating the credit crunch • Know what to do when you can’t afford your mortgage • Protect your home if you are at risk of foreclosure • Understand how to proceed if you are already in foreclosure • Capitalize on emerging opportunities and avoid the scams and mortgage fraud • Prepare for coming changes Foreclosure Nation demystifies the real estate bubble and the subprime mortgage crises that followed. With bold, clear visuals like inventory, absorption, and price trend graphs, Olefson pinpoints exactly when and why experts are predicting a recovery. She also cites statistics that strongly suggest the number of foreclosures will surge in the fall of 2008 and again in 2009, with increased reverberations felt throughout the US and global economies. Foreclosure Nation will prove indispensable to explaining what is happening and guiding readers through. Whether you are planning on buying your first home, struggling to meet your current mortgage payments, facing foreclosure, or wondering how your investments will be affected, this comprehensive book will assuage the fear of the unknown, empowering you to make wise choices and protect your most valuable assets.
Having lived a life of plenty in suburban America, Lisa and her daughter Ty thought they were traveling to Africa to minister to the people and chronicle the AIDS crisis devastating the continent.
Author: Lisa Samson
Publisher: Harper Collins
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Having lived a life of plenty in suburban America, Lisa and her daughter Ty thought they were traveling to Africa to minister to the people and chronicle the AIDS crisis devastating the continent. Instead, they experienced a life-changing, soul-rattling journey.
When I was a kid , I read some of those Horatio Alger stories . ... Our kids can
make it if they are willing to work . ... dominant theme of political talk radio , but
much of it is consistent with the results of polls taken during the crisis of
Author: Murray Burton Levin
Publisher: Free Press
Category: Social Science
Documents the last two decades of American history by analyzing the opinions expressed on radio talk shows