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Facing up to the American dream : race, class, and the soul of the nation

Author: Jennifer L Hochschild
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1995.
Series: Princeton studies in American politics.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The ideology of the American dream--the faith that an individual can attain success and virtue through strenuous effort--is the very soul of the American nation. According to Jennifer Hochschild, we have failed to face up to what that dream requires of our society, and yet we possess no other central belief that can save the United States from chaos. In this compassionate but frightening book, Hochschild attributes  Read more...
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Hochschild, Jennifer L., 1950-
Facing up to the American dream.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1995
(DLC) 95013061
(OCoLC)32236503
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer L Hochschild
ISBN: 9781400821730 1400821738 9780691029207 0691029202
OCLC Number: 729384834
Awards: Winner of Association of American Publishers/Professional and Scholarly Publishing: Sociology and Anthropology 1996
Winner of David Easton Prize 2000
Description: 1 online resource (xx, 412 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: What is the American dream? --
Rich and poor African Americans --
"What's all the fuss about?": Blacks' and Whites' beliefs about the American dream --
"Succeeding more" and "under the spell": affluent and poor Blacks' beleifs about the American dream --
Beliefs about one's own life --
Beliefs about others --
Competitive success and collective well-being --
Remaining under the spell --
With one part of themselves they actually believe --
Distorting the dream --
Breaking the spell --
The perversity of race and fluidity of values --
Comparing Blacks and White immigrants --
The future of the American dream.
Series Title: Princeton studies in American politics.
Responsibility: Jennifer L. Hochschild.
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