Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010
Crown Publishing Group, 31. 1. 2012 - Počet stran: 432
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A fascinating explanation for why white America has become fractured and divided in education and class, from the acclaimed author of Human Diversity.
“I’ll be shocked if there’s another book that so compellingly describes the most important trends in American society.”—David Brooks, New York Times
In Coming 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 Apart demonstrates 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 in Coming Apart is about white America. Its message is about all of America.
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LibraryThing ReviewRecenze od uživatele - Scorched_Earth - LibraryThing
There is great wisdom in the thesis of this book. If you can get through all the quantitative data and graphs of the first 75% of the book, everything will come together towards the end. The final chapter, "Alternative Futures", is masterful! Přečíst celou recenzi
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This was an interesting book for the point of view, which I do not wholly agree with. Then again, that is one reason I picked it up. Murray has a steep hill to climb, and I do not think he is ... Přečíst celou recenzi
Our Kind of People
The Bright Side of the New Upper Class
The Selective Collapse of American Community
The Founding Virtues and the Stuff of Life
One Nation Divisible
Supplemental Material for the Segregation Chapter
Supplemental Material for the Chapter on Belmont
Supplemental Material for the Marriage Chapter
Supplemental Material for the Honesty Chapter
Appendix F Supplemental Material for the American Community