William Julius Wilson

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William Julius Wilson


Born
in Derry, Pennslyvania, The United States
December 20, 1935

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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). ...more

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When Work Disappears: The W...

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More than Just Race: Being ...

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The Truly Disadvantaged: Th...

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The Declining Significance ...

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The Bridge over the Racial ...

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Power, Racism and Privilege...

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The Ghetto Underclass: Soci...

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Sociology and the Public Ag...

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Soziale Ungleichheit in den...

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“During hard economic times, people become more receptive to simplistic ideological messages that deflect attention away from the real and complex source of their problems. Instead of associating their problems with economic and political changes, these divisive messages encourage them to turn on each other—race against race.”
William Julius Wilson, When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor

“Their analysis clearly revealed the existence of a color line that effectively blocked black occupational, residential, and social mobility. They demonstrated that any assumption about urban blacks duplicating the immigrant experience had to confront the issue of race.”
William Julius Wilson, When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor

“The environment embodies both structural and cultural constraints and opportunities. In order to fully appreciate and explain the divergent social outcomes of human groups, we must take into account the exposure to different cultural influences.”
William Julius Wilson, When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor



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