Inequality in America: Race, Poverty, and Fulfilling Democracy's Promise by Stephen M. CaliendoInequality in America: Race, Poverty, and Fulfilling Democracy's Promise by Stephen M. Caliendo

Inequality in America: Race, Poverty, and Fulfilling Democracy's Promise

byStephen M. Caliendo

Paperback | July 22, 2014

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Why does inequality have such a hold on American society and public policy? And what can we, as citizens, do about it? Inequality in America takes an in-depth look at individual-level and systemic inequality, focusing in particular on race, poverty, and gender, across a wide range of issues from housing and education to crime, employment and health. Caliendo shows how individual-level prejudice and systemic inequality are interrelated, how individual beliefs and attitudes can affect public opinion and lawmakers' policy solutions and how systemic barriers to advancement as a result of these policies then contribute to individual perceptions, creating a cycle of disadvantage and advantage that can be difficult to break, though not impossible.

Feature boxes throughout the book offer insight into key public figures who have worked to combat inequality and suggestions for individual action. Concise and written in an accessible manner, Inequality in America paves the way for students to think critically about the effects of the attitudes, behaviors and structures of inequality.
Stephen Maynard Caliendo is professor of political science at North Central College. He is co-author of Race Appeal: How Candidates Invoke Race in U.S. Political Campaigns, which won the APSA Ralph J. Bunche award in 2012, and coeditor of The Routledge Companion to Race and Ethnicity. He is also co-director of The Project on Race in Po...
Title:Inequality in America: Race, Poverty, and Fulfilling Democracy's PromiseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.58 inPublished:July 22, 2014Publisher:Avalon PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0813344980

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Table of Contents

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List of Boxes

Chapter 1: Representation and the Roots of Inequality
Chapter 2: Income and Wealth
Chapter 3: Housing
Chapter 4: Education
Chapter 5: Crime and Employment
Chapter 6: Health
Chapter 7: Gender
Chapter 8: Affirmative Action
Conclusion: The Space between Power and Powerlessness


Editorial Reviews

“Uncommonly balanced and fully accessible.” —Publishers Weekly“A well-researched and insightful perspective on economic inequality and its conflict with American ideals.” —Booklist“A welcome addition to American politics classes. Caliendo's textbook covers an array of important topics within the broad field of American income inequality. He provides a thorough exploration of America's representational design and offers detailed definitions of income and wealth alongside trends in both variables. . . . In addition to proividing foundtational definitions, Caliendo's textbook offers an excellent introduction to the drivers of income inequality, with a particular focus on racial income inequality.” —Political Science Quarterly