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The new American reality : who we are, how we got here, where we are going, Reynolds Farley

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The new American reality : who we are, how we got here, where we are going
Title
The new American reality
Title remainder
who we are, how we got here, where we are going
Statement of responsibility
Reynolds Farley
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • The New American Reality presents a compelling portrait of today's America. Taking as his starting point the past four censuses, Farley offers a definitive analysis of life in the United States in the 1990s, a country strikingly different from what it was forty years ago
  • The social trends that have so transformed the nation were kindled in the 1960s, a watershed decade for American civil rights. The New American Reality describes the activism, federal policies, and legal victories that eliminated overt racism and sexual discrimination. But along with open doors came new challenges: divorce and out-of-wedlock births grew commonplace, increasing women's chances of falling into poverty; residential segregation, inadequate schooling, and a high ratio of female-headed families severely impaired the economic progress of African Americans; and a new wave of immigration rapidly altered the nation's ethnic composition. In the 1970s, global economic restructuring shifted the nation's dominant industry from manufacturing to services, and a new emphasis on technology and cost cutting created demand for more sophisticated skills in the workplace
  • The economic recovery of the 1980s offered little to remedy the stagnant and declining wages of the middle class, although the well educated and highly skilled fared well. As a result, income inequality became a defining feature of economic life and a growing source of unease for many Americans
  • . The New American Reality also reports the good news about America; our lives are longer and healthier, the elderly are better off than ever before, consumer spending power has increased, and minorities and women have many more opportunities. In this way, The New American Reality challenges those who contend that we are a country in decline. The reality, Farley argues, is far more complex: we are a country in the midst of dramatic change, some of it negative but much of it positive. Understanding that change - and making sense of the information we have about it - will be crucial to the economic and social vitality of America in the twenty-first century
Cataloging source
DLC
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1938-
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Farley, Reynolds
Dewey number
306/.0973
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
HN58
LC item number
.F37 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • statistics
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  • Social indicators
  • Economic indicators
  • Social change
  • Family demography
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
Label
The new American reality : who we are, how we got here, where we are going, Reynolds Farley
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 357-369) and index
Contents
Ch. 1. American in Flux: New Evidence About Our Changing Society -- Ch. 2. The 1960s: A Turning Point in How We View Race, Gender, and Sexuality -- Ch. 3. The 1970s: A Turning Point in the Nation's Economy and Whom It Rewards -- Ch. 4. Changes in American Families -- Ch. 5. New Americans -- Ch. 6. Racial Issues Thirty Years After the Civil Rights Decade -- Ch. 7. Americans on the Move: New Patterns of Internal Migration -- Ch. 8. The Evidence About America in Decline and the Challenges of the 1990s
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 385 p.
Isbn
9780871542373
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
96020404
Other physical details
ill., maps
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  • (CaMWU)u991803-01umb_inst
  • (Sirsi) AJT-9451
  • ltsw0159764
  • (OCoLC)34722090
Label
The new American reality : who we are, how we got here, where we are going, Reynolds Farley
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 357-369) and index
Contents
Ch. 1. American in Flux: New Evidence About Our Changing Society -- Ch. 2. The 1960s: A Turning Point in How We View Race, Gender, and Sexuality -- Ch. 3. The 1970s: A Turning Point in the Nation's Economy and Whom It Rewards -- Ch. 4. Changes in American Families -- Ch. 5. New Americans -- Ch. 6. Racial Issues Thirty Years After the Civil Rights Decade -- Ch. 7. Americans on the Move: New Patterns of Internal Migration -- Ch. 8. The Evidence About America in Decline and the Challenges of the 1990s
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 385 p.
Isbn
9780871542373
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
96020404
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u991803-01umb_inst
  • (Sirsi) AJT-9451
  • ltsw0159764
  • (OCoLC)34722090

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