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A Nation Divided

Diversity, Inequality, and Community in American Society


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The United States will enter the twenty-first century with an increasingly diverse, unequal, and divided population. Longstanding tensions persist between ethnic groups, rich and poor, and immigrants and the native-born. New sources of strain involve sexual and gender minorities, those who possess alternate family forms, and white and nonwhite immigrants, as well as the widening gulf between rich and poor Americans.A Nation Divided offers a fresh approach to these controversial issues. In this volume, leading social scientists explore the potentially explosive combination of diversity and inequality. Using the latest theory and research, the authors show how different groups become socially and economically unequal and how such patterns of "durable inequality" affect national stability. They also discuss strategies for reducing durable inequality and creating social harmony. Their contributions address the changing demography of diversity and inequality and the interplay of diversity, inequality, and community in educational institutions, the military, the family, popular culture, and religion.

Author Biography

Phyllis Moen is the Ferris Family Professor of Life Course Studies at Cornell University, where she also serves as Professor of Human Development and of Sociology, and was founding Director of the Bronfenbrenner Life Course Center. She has accepted a McKnight Presidential Chair in Sociology at the University of Minnesota for the fall of 2003. Her many books include A Nation Divided: Diversity, Inequality, and Community in American Society, also published by Cornell University Press. Donna Dempster-McClain, Senior Lecturer in Human Development, is Associate Director of the Bronfenbrenner Life Course Center. Henry A. Walker is Professor of Sociology at Cornell University. Henry A. Walker is Professor of Sociology at Cornell University.
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July 26th, 1999
Edited by Henry A. Walker Edited by McClean Donna Dempster Edited by Phyllis Moen
Country of Publication
United States
23 tables, 20 drawings, 6 maps, 1 photograph
Cornell University Press
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