Coming Apart The State of White America, 1960-2010
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Description: From the bestselling author of Losing GroundandThe Bell Curve, this startling long-lens view shows how America is coming apart at the seams that historically have joined our classes.InComing Apart, Charles Murray 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.Drawing on five decades of statistics and research,Coming Apartdemonstrates 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—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, Murray 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. That divergence puts the success of the American project at risk.The evidence inComing Apart is about white America. Its message is about all of America.
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Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/31/2012
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
|Prologue: November 21, 1963|
|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|
|The Formation of a New Lower Class|
|The Founding Virtues|
|Belmont and Fishtown|
|The Real Fishtown|
|The Size of the New Lower Class|
|Why It Matters|
|The Selective Collapse of American Community|
|The Founding Virtues and the Stuff of Life|
|One Nation, Divisible|
|Data Sources and Presentation|
|Supplemental Material for the Segregation Chapter|
|Supplemental Material for the Chapter on Belmont and Fishtown|
|Supplemental Material for the Marriage Chapter|
|Supplemental Material for the Honesty Chapter|
|Supplemental Material for the American Community Chapter|
|Supplemental Material for the Chapter About the Founding Virtues and the Stuff of Life|