Our Kids

Our Kids

"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

ISBN: 9781476769905

Category: History

Page: 400

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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).
Categories: History

Seeking the American Dream

Seeking the American Dream

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

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137540256

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

View: 584

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.
Categories: Social Science

All Our Children

All Our Children

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.

ISBN: 9780819233479

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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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
Categories: Religion

Hanging Together

Hanging Together

Examines the annual economic summits held by the U.S., Japan, Germany, France, Britain, Italy, and Canada and looks at how nations balance national interests and international economic interdependence

Author: Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy Robert D Putnam

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674372255

Category: Political Science

Page: 262

View: 967

Examines the annual economic summits held by the U.S., Japan, Germany, France, Britain, Italy, and Canada and looks at how nations balance national interests and international economic interdependence
Categories: Political Science

Soci t Civile en D clin

Soci  t   Civile en D  clin

This document looks at the decline of civil society.

Author: Robert D. Putnam

Publisher: Centre canadien de gestion

ISBN: 0662625668

Category: Community organization

Page: 58

View: 260

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?
Categories: Community organization

Hanging Together

Hanging Together

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

ISBN: 0803981015

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

View: 468

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.
Categories: Political Science

On Democracy

On Democracy

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

ISBN: 9780300194463

Category: Philosophy

Page: 257

View: 743

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
Categories: Philosophy

Double edged Diplomacy

Double edged Diplomacy

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

ISBN: 0520076818

Category: Political Science

Page: 490

View: 833

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.
Categories: Political Science

Bureaucrats and Politicians in Western Democracies

Bureaucrats and Politicians in Western Democracies

In uneasy partnership at the helm of the modern state stand elected party politicians and professional bureaucrats. This book is the first comprehensive comparison of these two powerful elites.

Author: Joel D. ABERBACH

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674020047

Category: Political Science

Page: 322

View: 599

Categories: Political Science

Worlds Apart

Worlds Apart

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

ISBN: 9780300196597

Category: SOCIAL SCIENCE

Page: 304

View: 707

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.
Categories: SOCIAL SCIENCE

The American Dream and the Power of Wealth

The American Dream and the Power of Wealth

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

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317744085

Category: Social Science

Page: 252

View: 720

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.
Categories: Social Science

Do No Harm

Do No Harm

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

Publisher: Turner

ISBN: 1684423244

Category: Psychology

Page: 336

View: 484

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.
Categories: Psychology

The American Dream

The American Dream

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 ...

Author: Frank I. Luntz

Publisher:

ISBN: IND:30000053403634

Category: Public opinion

Page: 30

View: 431

Categories: Public opinion

How To Have A Midlife Crisis

How To Have A Midlife Crisis

We sold our house, sold our belongings, said goodbye to the kids, and headed to the USA with two suitcases and a handbag in search of the American Dream. This is our story.

Author: Steve Chapman

Publisher:

ISBN: 1694261468

Category:

Page: 266

View: 709

We sold our house, sold our belongings, said goodbye to the kids, and headed to the USA with two suitcases and a handbag in search of the American Dream. This is our story.
Categories:

Drugs and the American Dream

Drugs and the American Dream

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
when ...

Author: Patricia A. Adler

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470670279

Category: Self-Help

Page: 405

View: 917

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.
Categories: Self-Help

City Schools and the American Dream

City Schools and the American Dream

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

ISBN: 9780807774007

Category: Education

Page: 189

View: 943

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
Categories: Education

Foreclosure Nation

Foreclosure Nation

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

ISBN: 9781591028673

Category: Business & Economics

Page:

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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.
Categories: Business & Economics

Love Mercy

Love Mercy

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

ISBN: 9780310284772

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 197

View: 839

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.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Talk Radio and the American Dream

Talk Radio and the American Dream

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
confidence .

Author: Murray Burton Levin

Publisher: Free Press

ISBN: 0669132160

Category: Social Science

Page: 170

View: 541

Documents the last two decades of American history by analyzing the opinions expressed on radio talk shows
Categories: Social Science