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The Resource Our kids : the American dream in crisis, Robert D. Putnam

Our kids : the American dream in crisis, Robert D. Putnam

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Our kids : the American dream in crisis
Title
Our kids
Title remainder
the American dream in crisis
Statement of responsibility
Robert D. Putnam
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Language
eng
Summary
Central to the very idea of America is the principle that we are a nation of opportunity. But over the last quarter century we have seen a disturbing "opportunity gap" emerge. We Americans have always believed that those who have talent and try hard will succeed, but this central tenet of the American Dream seems no longer true or at the least, much less true than it was. In Our Kids, Robert Putnam offers a personal and authoritative look at this new American crisis, beginning with the example of his high school class of 1959 in Port Clinton, Ohio. The vast majority of those students went on to lives better than those of their parents. But their children and grandchildren have faced diminishing prospects. Putnam tells the tale of lessening opportunity through poignant life stories of rich, middle class, and poor kids from cities and suburbs across the country, brilliantly blended with the latest social-science research
Summary
"A groundbreaking examination of the growing inequality gap from the bestselling author of Bowling Alone: why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility. It's the American dream: get a good education, work hard, buy a house, and achieve prosperity and success. This is the America we believe in--a nation of opportunity, constrained only by ability and effort. But during the last twenty-five years we have seen a disturbing "opportunity gap" emerge. Americans have always believed in equality of opportunity, the idea that all kids, regardless of their family background, should have a decent chance to improve their lot in life. Now, this central tenet of the American dream seems no longer true or at the least, much less true than it was.Robert Putnam--about whom The Economist said, "his scholarship is wide-ranging, his intelligence luminous, his tone modest, his prose unpretentious and frequently funny"--offers a personal but also authoritative look at this new American crisis. Putnam begins with his high school class of 1959 in Port Clinton, Ohio. By and large the vast majority of those students--"our kids"--went on to lives better than those of their parents. But their children and grandchildren have had harder lives amid diminishing prospects. Putnam tells the tale of lessening opportunity through poignant life stories of rich and poor kids from cities and suburbs across the country, drawing on a formidable body of research done especially for this book. Our Kids is a rare combination of individual testimony and rigorous evidence. Putnam provides a disturbing account of the American dream that should initiate a deep examination of the future of our country"--
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Booklist Editors' Choice, 2015
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10403828
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SALS
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Putnam, Robert D
Dewey number
305.513
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • American Dream
  • Social mobility
  • Social classes
  • Equality
  • American Dream
  • American Dream
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
Target audience
adult
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the American dream in crisis
Label
Our kids : the American dream in crisis, Robert D. Putnam
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Publication
Copyright
Note
First published: 2015
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
ch. 1 The American Dream: Myths and Realities -- ch. 2 Families -- ch. 3 Parenting -- ch. 4 Schooling -- ch. 5 Community -- ch. 6 What Is To Be Done?
Control code
000057220187
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First Simon & Schuster trade paperback edition.
Extent
386 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781476769899
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)913303667
Label
Our kids : the American dream in crisis, Robert D. Putnam
Publication
Copyright
Note
First published: 2015
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
ch. 1 The American Dream: Myths and Realities -- ch. 2 Families -- ch. 3 Parenting -- ch. 4 Schooling -- ch. 5 Community -- ch. 6 What Is To Be Done?
Control code
000057220187
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First Simon & Schuster trade paperback edition.
Extent
386 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781476769899
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)913303667

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