The Declining Significance of Race: Blacks and Changing American Institutions

The Declining Significance of Race: Blacks and Changing American Institutions By William Julius Wilson, The Declining Significance of Race Blacks and Changing American Institutions When first published in 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 bla
  • Title: The Declining Significance of Race: Blacks and Changing American Institutions
  • Author: William Julius Wilson
  • ISBN: 9780226901299
  • Page: 459
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Declining Significance of Race: Blacks and Changing American Institutions By William Julius Wilson, 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.
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    1. William Julius Wilson

      William Julius Wilson is one of the leading African American sociologists in the United States, and a pioneer in the field He received his PhD from Washington State University, and taught at both the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Chicago before moving to Harvard University He remains there to this day, with the title of University Professor Much of Wilson s work discusses the plight of the urban African American poor His groundbreaking book, The Declining Significance of Race 1972 argued that the combination of class and racial barriers prevented inner city African Americans from thriving Other books include The Truly Disadvantaged 1986 , When Work Disappears 1996 and More Than Just Race 2009 Wilson s work is highly read, but remains controversial for its emphasis on socioeconomic class, which some feel deemphasizes the effects of race and racial discrimination His work was also the inspiration for the HBO series, The Wire.

    693 thoughts on “The Declining Significance of Race: Blacks and Changing American Institutions”

    1. This book started it all in a sense, as it defined the dialogue around urban poverty and pathology, especially of the African American variety, for much of the decade of the 1980s And with good reason, it is well documented and argued, though now a number of its conclusions have become articles of faith while others have been proven wrong by time though less often by other scholars The intriguing thing about the book is that it fueled the political right, who seized on half of its message that r [...]


    2. A fascinating argument that economic modes of production combined with systems of the polity has served as the foundation for ethnic conflict throughout American history Now, Wilson s Declining Significance of Race has become a classic text and required reading for anyone interested in garnering a stronger understanding of the historical nature of black white relations in America While it is a piece which has generated enormous controversy and led to poignant studies in the nature of race relati [...]


    3. Well written While I agree with Wilson in his argument that the forces of class and race intersect to create a black underclass, I push back on his idea that racism is tied to economic motives Racism is not only tied to structural causes, but also in the psyche and culture Excellent book that presents a well thought out argument.


    4. I m changing the rating for this to a 5 , based on several conversations I ve had The debate on race and class in America today sometimes focuses on the social and cultural aspects, at the expense of the economic ones As Wilson s book clearly demonstrates, however, the economic conditions for many African Americans have actually worsened, even since the civil rights movement That Wilson s book remains extremely relevant, than 30 years after it was first published, indicates just how little has [...]




    5. Breathtaking, power of capitalism through one of the most controversial stage of American History, Slavery.


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