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Social Trends in American Life Findings from the General Social Survey since 1972

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ISBN-10: 0691155909

ISBN-13: 9780691155906

Edition: 2012

Authors: Peter V. Marsden

List price: $42.00
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Social Trends in American Lifeassembles a team of leading researchers to provide unparalleled insight into how American social attitudes and behaviors have changed since the 1970s. Drawing on the General Social Survey--a social science project that has tracked demographic and attitudinal trends in the United States since 1972--it offers a window into diverse facets of American life, from intergroup relations to political views and orientations, social affiliations, and perceived well-being.Among the book's many important findings are the greater willingness of ordinary Americans to accord rights of free expression to unpopular groups, to endorse formal racial equality, and to accept nontraditional roles for women in the workplace, politics, and the family. Some, but not all, signs indicate that political conservatism has grown, while a few suggest that Republicans and Democrats are more polarized. Some forms of social connectedness such as neighboring have declined, as has confidence in government, while participation in organized religion has softened. Despite rising standards of living, American happiness levels have changed little, though financial and employment insecurity has risen over three decades.Social Trends in American Lifeprovides an invaluable perspective on how Americans view their lives and their society, and on how these views have changed over the last two generations.
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Book details

List price: $42.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 8/26/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.276

Peter V. Marsden is the Edith and Benjamin Geisinger Professor of Sociology, Harvard College Professor, and Dean of Social Science at Harvard University. He coedited the second edition of the "Handbook of Survey Research".

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction and Overview
Trends in Social and Political Orientations
On the Seemingly Relentless Progress in Americans' Support for Free Expression, 1972-2006
The Real Record on Racial Attitudes
Gender Role Attitudes since 1972: Are Southerners Distinctive?
Public Opinion in the "Age of Reagan": Political Trends 1972-2006
Crime, Punishment, and Social Disorder: Crime Rates and Trends in Public Opinion over More Than Three Decades
Changes in Confidence and Connections
Trends in Confidence in Institutions, 1973-2006
Continuity and Change in American Religion, 1972-2008
Trends in Informal Social Participation, 1974-2008
Stability and Flux in Social Indicators
Income, Age, and Happiness in America
Religion and Happiness
Labor Force Insecurity and U.S. Work Attitudes, 1970s-2006
Population Trends in Verbal Intelligence in the United States
Appendix: The General Social Survey Project