Coming apart : the state of white America, 1960-2010 / Charles Murray.
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- ISBN: 9780307453426 (hardcover) :
- ISBN: 0307453421
- Physical Description: viii, 407 p. : ill., maps, charts ; 24 cm.
- Edition: 1st ed.
- Publisher: New York [N.Y.] : Crown Forum, c2012.
Contents / Notes
Includes bibliographical references (p. 358-398) and index.
November 21, 1963 -- The formation of a new upper class. Our kind of people ; The foundations of the new upper class ; A new kind of segregation ; How thick is your bubble? ; The bright side of the new upper class -- The formation of a new lower class. The founding virtues ; Belmont and Fishtown ; Marriage ; Industriousness ; Honesty ; Religiosity ; The real Fishtown ; The size of the new lower class -- Why it matters. The selective collapse of American community ; The founding virtues and the stuff of life ; One nation, divisible ; Alternative futures.
A critique of the white American class structure argues that the paths of social mobility that once advanced the nation are now serving to further isolate an elite upper class while enforcing a growing and resentful white underclass.