The Declining Significance of Race

The Declining Significance of Race: Blacks and Changing American Institutions
TitleThe Declining Significance of Race: Blacks and Changing American Institutions
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2012
AuthorWilson, William Julius
Number of Pages261
PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
CityChicago and London
Publication LanguageEnglish
ISBN or ASIN Number9780226901411
KeywordsAfrican Americans, Class, Economic conditions, race relations, social conditions, United States
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When first published in 1980, The Declining Significance of Race immediately sparked controversy with its contentious thesis that race was becoming less of a deciding factor in the life chances of black Americans than class. This new edition of the seminal book includes a new afterword in which William Julius Wilson not only reflects on the debate surrounding the book, but also presents a provocative discussion of race, class, and social policy.

“The intellectual strength of this book lies in his capacity to integrate disparate findings from historical studies, social theory and research on contemporary trends into a complex and original synthesis that challenges widespread assumptions about the cause of black disadvantage and the way to remove it.”—Paul Starr, New York Times Book Review

“This publication is easily one of the most erudite and sober diagnoses of the American black situation. Students of race relations and anybody in a policy-making position cannot afford to bypass this study.”—Ernest Manheim,Sociology