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Preview — More than Just Race by William Julius Wilson
More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City
In this provocative contribution to the American discourse on race, the newest book of the Issues of Our Time series edited by Henry Louis Gates Jr., William Julius Wilson applies an exciting new analytic framework to three politically fraught social problems: the persistence of the inner-city ghetto, the plight of low-skilled black males, and the fragmentation of the Afri...more
"I am an internationally- known Harvard professor, yet a number of unforgettable experiences remind me that, as a black male in America looking considerably younger than my age, I am also feared"
I can confidently say that I have never before read a book in which the author begins by telling his or her readers not only how smart and qualified, but also how good- looking he or she is. And the t ...more
White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era and The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race in America. Wilson's book sees the problem differently. His concern is the continuing existence of inner-city ghettoes, the oppressive marginalization of black males, and the general breakup of black families. Where Steele attributed racially charged social problems to black cultural ...more
It was fascinating to me to read his analysis of the famous/infamous Moyn ...more
Thesis - "The experience of poor, inner-city blacks represent the influences of more than just race." Their responses and situation "stem from the linkage between new structural realities, changing norms, and evolving cultural patterns." (pg. 131)
Wilson's critique - The politically liberal tend to focus on structural realities to the neglect of cultural realities. Arguments based on culture tend to be taboo for them. The politically conservative tend to focus on in ...more
More Than Just Race
William Julius Wilson has one main argument in More Than Just Race: “...more weight should be given to structural causes of inequality, despite the dynamic interrelationships of structure and culture, because they continue to play a far greater role in the subjugation of black Americans and other people of color.” (Wilson 135). In order to support this, Wilson separates his key points fo ...more
This is a major paradigm shift from William Julius Wilson's earlier works but I am afraid it is a new take on current issues, through the lens of very old assumptions. I made several notes in the margins (with my Kindle) but I will spare my GoodReads friends the empirical evidence. In all, a worthy read and an interesting turn in race theory. However, ...more
I am skimming the rest of it, just in case there are any ...more