More Than Just Race

| July 28, 2010

Title: More than just race: being black and poor in the inner city
Author: William Julius Wilson
Publisher: New York: Norton & Company, c2009
Check It Out: HN90.S6 W55 2009

From Publishers Weekly: Harvard sociologist Wilson (The Declining Significance of Race) makes a bold effort to reframe current debates on the relationship between race and poverty in the U.S. The author observes that discussions of race have hardened into two mutually exclusive and inflexible perspectives. One view regards black poverty as a consequence of social forces—e.g., segregation and the flight of middle-class black residents from urban centers. Alternately, black poverty has been portrayed as a product of individual and cultural inadequacy. Wilson argues for perspectives that acknowledge the inherent symbiosis of social and cultural forces . . .

From the Publisher: A preeminent sociologist of race explains a groundbreaking new framework for understanding racial inequality, challenging both conservative and liberal dogma. In this provocative contribution to the American discourse on race, the newest book of the Issues of Our Time series edited by Henry Louis Gates Jr., William Julius Wilson applies an exciting new analytic framework to three politically fraught social problems…

About the Author: William Julius Wilson is a University Professor at Harvard University, president emeritus of the American Sociological Association…..

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