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Facing up to the American Dream Race, Class, and the Soul of the Nation

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ISBN-10: 0691029202

ISBN-13: 9780691029207

Edition: 1996 (Revised)

Authors: Jennifer L. Hochschild

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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 our national distress to the ways in which whites and African Americans have come to view their own and each other's opportunities. By examining the hopes and fears of whites and especially of blacks of various social classes, Hochschild demonstrates that America's only unifying…    
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 8/25/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 440
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Tables and Figure
Preface to the Paperback Edition
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' Beliefs 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 the Fluidity of Values
Comparing Blacks and White Immigrants
The Future of the American Dream
Surveys Used for Unpublished Tabulations
Supplemental Tables
Works Cited