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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 analyt

  • Title: More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City
  • Author: William Julius Wilson
  • ISBN: 9780393067057
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Hardcover
  • More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City By William Julius Wilson, 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 AfriIn 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 African American family Though the discussion of racial inequality is typically ideologically polarized conservatives emphasize cultural factors like worldviews and behaviors while liberals emphasize institutional forces Wilson dares to consider both institutional and cultural factors as causes of the persistence of racial inequality He reaches the controversial conclusion that, while structural and cultural forces are inextricably linked, public policy can change the racial status quo only by reforming the institutions that reinforce it This book will dramatically affect policy debates and challenge many of the leaders.

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    1. This book read like one long, conceited scholarly essay Allow me to quote Wilson s opening line for you 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 text s [...]

    2. In the spirit of full disclosure, I am a big fan of WJW, even though I think that his work has been alternately insightful and not over the years This book is the former, as it attempts to synthesize the themes in his other books, starting with the breakthough volume The Declining Significance of Race almost 30 years ago I agree completely with his thesis that addressing the problems of urban poverty, especially in communities of color, necessitates both structural and social cultural strategie [...]

    3. This is a good review of the relevant literature on structural factors that result in the reproduction of inequality in urban poor neighborhoods I found the chapters on concentrated poverty and joblessness particularly useful, and this would be a quick read if you re interested in learning about the political history behind segregated neighborhoods However, the analysis of cultural factors that contribute to inequality was weak throughout the text Wilson says this himself Additionally, the chap [...]

    4. More than Just Race is William Julius Wilson s attempt to sift through the numbers of studies of the inner city black poor and assess which studies can aid in the framework in which we think about the issue His primary thesis states that while structural forces are the primary cause of inner city black poverty, it is necessary to also examine cultural forces that have arisen, over generations, due to the structural forces.It was fascinating to me to read his analysis of the famous infamous Moyni [...]

    5. In recent months I ve read 2 works on race in America by Shelby Steele 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 char [...]

    6. Lots of good research presented but it is at times so densely academic and prescribed as to make its conclusions hard to broadly apply across many scenarios If I were conducting a research study in sociology, I would have found this book invaluable.

    7. Note taken from a book report I did for my Sociology class, so it is a bit comprehensive.More Than Just Race William Julius Wilson has one main argument in More Than Just Race 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 for this argument [...]

    8. Seems as race has been a major conversation piece since President Obama s inauguration Wilson says we have a urgent need for a frank honest discussion of complex factors that create reinforce racial inequality to rethink the way we talk about addressing the problems of race urban poverty in the public policy arena The government has created barriers location of highways, redlining, and assembly line produced housing, explicit racial policies in the suburbs, public housing the list could on Blac [...]

    9. This book is one of those rare books that is able to be cold headed ly clear for an issue as hot as this, and its good so I truly Appreciate his effort to make it as balanced as possible, because I know that every emotion and every anger shown is actually counter productive for what is needed to get things done I appreciate also the fact that he speaks of both structural and cultural problem, not turning a blind eye to one or the other, showing true wisdom and maturity This book is great for tho [...]

    10. Some good info But I wish it was up to date info Also, I found the writing style very hard to connect with.

    11. This is a scholarly treatment, so it s not as accessible to the average reader It is a worthwhile addition to the dialogue, though I think the strength of this book is that Wilson examines both structural and cultural explanations for the over representation of things like poverty and unemployment in the black community He explains how they feed on each other and why it s important to look at issues with both viewpoints in mind He references a lot of important studies and highlights areas where [...]

    12. This book was about the interaction of structural and cultural aspects of race and poverty in the US, and examined why poor mostly black Americans are at such a disadvantage The author claims, and I agree, that the structure of society physically, psychologically, and socially puts blacks at a disadvantage much than any cultural aspects, and indeed that many of the cultural aspects are probably outgrowths of ways to deal with structural disadvantage The wuthor focuses on two main items the marg [...]

    13. Good Provocative Challenging.Thesis The experience of poor, inner city blacks represent the influences of 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 individual responsibil [...]

    14. I really wanted to like this book I loved the way he started by emphasizing that we need to look at structural and cultural causes of poverty together, not in isolation as liberals structural and conservatives cultural tend to do I am even willing to consider his point that structural causes are foundational than cultural causes, although as a conservative I would definitely take convincing But ultimately, he just took too many things for granted for me to be truly convinced He assumes as a gi [...]

    15. I first read William Julius Wilson as a freshman in college in 1999 I was persuaded by his argument on the over riding importance of structure in explaining turban black America In this book, Wilson talks, again, about the importance of structure, but also includes a discussion of the importance of culture He explains that since the Moynihan report on black families, liberal researchers have shied away from examining culture as a factor in the outcomes of urban black Americans for fear of blamin [...]

    16. I think this was a good primer on the issues for someone who basically has no clue e.g me It s interesting that he is taking a third and nuanced position in arguing that it is a combination of structural and cultural factors that contribute to the issues of race and poverty, though in my reading, he does emphasize that structural factors are still significant even if some of them appear to be nonracial I felt his arguments were laid out clearly and backed up by actual reports and studies thoug [...]

    17. A well thought out entry into the cultural vs structure debate that acknowledges its chicken and egg nature while offering insights that avoid both standard partisan rhetoric and noncommittal centrism Though acknowledging the role of culture in limiting the horizons of the black poor, Wilson makes a compelling case for looking to structural solutions to the ills of the inner city I place inner city in quotes for its sometimes disingenuous and mostly imprecise use as a proxy for places where poor [...]

    18. I have way comments about this book than I could possibly fit into a GoodReads review I almost wish I had a graduate seminar to discuss it 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, I m not con [...]

    19. I am reading this for a book group, and although the subject is one that interests me, and the author is well qualified and respected as an authority in this area of research and teaching, it is deadly boring to me The writing is dense There are some early parts that flow easily, but maybe due to the stated fact that he is bringing in pieces from his earlier published work , the consistency among chapters and sections is not steady.I am skimming the rest of it, just in case there are any other [...]

    20. Wilson makes much of his attempt to fit in with neither liberal nor conservative ideology, but ends as a sort of mere Dr No on the whole issue Having made a few legitimate criticisms of both sides, he cites statistics that reiterate the problem without presenting any sort of solution This book is well intentioned, polite and honest, but it is sorely lacking a healthy dose of radical initiative.

    21. Thorny subject, about racism in America, how blacks have not risen in society as quickly as other minorites, their responsibilities for it and the responsibility of society in general, all of that is discussed There were areas, however, that lacked any real depth, like the role of religion or God in families, or lack of, and how that s affected black families An interesting book but I think some key ideas were left out.

    22. The author thoroughly discussed forces that shape concentrated poverty and its effects on people The author s focus is to evaluate the interactions between structural forces economy, racism, etc on the culture of people in poverty This is a brave undertaking because writers can be criticized when they talk of the culture of poverty However, Wilson handles it with delicate consideration The author s conclusion is that education of the general public about poverty is the answer.

    23. This book is a scholarly argument about the significance is structural policies and attitudes that affect disproportionately the black population in America He also addresses the need to include but not rely on cultural theories to explain the plight of poor blacks Chock full of statistics and studies, it is a book I will need to refer back to often.

    24. This text addresses Wacquant s criticism of Wilson s tendency to discuss culture as a by product of structure, thereby robbing culture and its actors of any autonomy As a result of decisions and meanings made about immediate context and historical experience, actors in culturally deprived circumstances have forged creative solutions to some of their immediate economic and social needs.

    25. This was hard for me to read, even though I am interested in the ideas I wouldn t think sociology would be so hard to get through, but it struck me that this must be what it s like for non tax lawyers to read the stuff I write at work Anyway, the parts I was able to follow were insightful and thought provoking.

    26. I love sociology of any kind, but especially urban This gave a very nice, structured review of the key historical and current factors affecting African American families of modest means, and high poverty neighborhoods Covers landmark research, debunks some of it, etc Very interesting Though as I am white, I can t speak for whether it rings true for other African Americans.

    27. Meh It s not that I don t agree with his argument I didn t feel that he brought anything new to the table Structure matters Culture matters Their interaction matters Well, yes, of course What else is new

    28. More of a summary of important arguments about inequality than an original contribution, Wilson synthesizes research from a variety of sources The first chapter is a valuable summary of the structural and cultural arguments about poverty and is well worth the price of admission.

    29. Wilson provides an evidence based discussion of race and poverty from both a cultural and social structure perspective He presents all arguments fairly without blame It s a very interesting and quick read

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