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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
Title variation
American Dream in crisis
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "The bestselling author of Bowling Alone offers [an] ... examination of the American Dream in crisis--how and why opportunities for upward mobility are diminishing, jeopardizing the prospects of an ever larger segment of Americans"--
  • "What has happened to the Land of Opportunity? The promise of the American Dream is that anyone, regardless of his or her origins, can have a fair start in life. If we work hard, we can get a good education and achieve success. But over the last several decades a disturbing 'opportunity gap' has unexpectedly emerged between kids from 'have' and 'have-not' backgrounds. The central tenet of the American Dream--that all children, regardless of their family and social background, should have a decent chance to improve their lot in life--is no longer 'self-evident.' Robert Putnam begins this groundbreaking examination of our national prospects with the story of his high school class of 1959 in Port Clinton, Ohio. The vast majority of those students--'our kids' to everyone in town--went on to lives better than those of their parents. They raised their children with the same expectations. But those children--and their children--have not fared so well in an age of fragile families, crumbling communities, and disappearing jobs. Their lives reflect the diminishing opportunities that haunt so many American kids today. Putnam tells poignant stories of rich and poor kids from cities and suburbs across the country, drawing on a formidable body of research undertaken especially for this book. Our Kids is a rare combination of moving personal narratives and authoritative evidence--and for that reason, all the more troubling to read. It is a signal contribution to the ongoing discussion about inequality in America, a deeply informed and perceptive analysis of our country at a critical time. In the final chapter, Putnam offers suggestions for how we might halt this decline in opportunity and restore a greater chance for upward mobility."--Book jacket
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Putnam, Robert D
Dewey number
305.5/130973
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
HN90.S65
LC item number
P88 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Social mobility
  • Social classes
  • Equality
  • American Dream
  • United States
  • United States
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Economic Policy
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Policy
  • HISTORY / United States / 21st Century
Label
Our kids : the American Dream in crisis, Robert D. Putnam
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The American dream : myths and realities -- Families -- Parenting -- Schooling -- Community -- What is to be done?
Control code
ocn883148125
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
386 pages
Isbn
9781476769899
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2015001534
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)883148125
Label
Our kids : the American Dream in crisis, Robert D. Putnam
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The American dream : myths and realities -- Families -- Parenting -- Schooling -- Community -- What is to be done?
Control code
ocn883148125
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Extent
386 pages
Isbn
9781476769899
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2015001534
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)883148125

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