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Coming apart : the state of white America, 1960-2010

Author: Charles A Murray
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Crown Forum, [2012] ©2012
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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This critique of the white American class structure argues that the paths of social mobility that once advanced the nation are now serving to further isolate an elite upper class while enforcing a growing and resentful white underclass. In this book the author explores the formation of American classes that are different in kind from anything we have ever known, focusing on whites as a way of driving home the fact  Read more...
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Named Person: Weise
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles A Murray
ISBN: 9780307453426 0307453421
OCLC Number: 727702914
Description: viii, 407 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue : November 21, 1963 --
Part I. The formation of a new upper class --
Our kind of people --
The foundations of the new upper class --
A new kind of segregation --
How thick is your bubble? --
The bright side of the new upper class --
Part II. The formation of a new lower class --
The founding virtues --
Belmont and Fishtown --
Marriage --
Industriousness --
Honesty --
Religiosity --
The real Fishtown --
The size of the new lower class --
Part III. Why it matters --
The selective collapse of American community --
The founding virtues and the stuff of life --
One nation, divisible --
Alternative futures --
Appendix A : Data sources and presentation --
Appendix B : Supplemental material for the segregation chapter --
Appendix C : Supplemental material for the chapter on Belmont and Fishtown --
Appendix D : Supplemental material for the marriage chapter --
Appendix E : Supplemental material for the honesty chapter --
Appendix F : Supplemental material for the American community chapter --
Appendix G : Supplemental material for the chapter about the founding virtues and the stuff of life.
Responsibility: Charles Murray.
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This critique of the white American class structure argues that the paths of social mobility that once advanced the nation are now serving to further isolate an elite upper class while enforcing a growing and resentful white underclass. In this book the author explores the formation of American classes that are different in kind from anything we have ever known, focusing on whites as a way of driving home the fact that the trends he describes do not break along lines of race or ethnicity. The book demonstrates that a new upper class and a new lower class have diverged so far in core behaviors and values that they barely recognize their underlying American kinship, a divergence that has nothing to do with income inequality and that has grown during good economic times and bad. The top and bottom of white America increasingly live in different cultures, the author argues, with the powerful upper class living in enclaves surrounded by their own kind, ignorant about life in mainstream America, and the lower class suffering from erosions of family and community life that strike at the heart of the pursuit of happiness. This divergence puts the success of the American project at risk.

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