The Resource The American dream and the power of wealth : choosing schools and inheriting inequality in the land of opportunity, Heather Beth Johnson, (electronic resource)

The American dream and the power of wealth : choosing schools and inheriting inequality in the land of opportunity, Heather Beth Johnson, (electronic resource)

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The American dream and the power of wealth : choosing schools and inheriting inequality in the land of opportunity
Title
The American dream and the power of wealth
Title remainder
choosing schools and inheriting inequality in the land of opportunity
Statement of responsibility
Heather Beth Johnson
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Despite the overwhelming evidence against them, many people still believe they can overcome the economic and racial constraints placed upon them at birth. In the first edition, Heather Beth Johnson explored this belief in the American Dream with over 200 in-depth interviews with black and white families, highlighting the ever-increasing racial wealth gap and the actual inequality in opportunities. This second edition has been updated to make it fully relevant to today's reader, with new data and illustrative examples, including twenty new interviews. Johnson asks not just what parents are thin
  • The American Dream and the Power of Wealth investigates the way that wealth (rather than income) structures educational opportunity in the United States. Furthermore, it shows the way that educational opportunity-the bedrock upon which our pervasive ideology of meritocracy or, in Johnson's terms, "the American Dream" is founded-structures the racial class system in the United States. She accomplishes this by analyzing an impressive store of qualitative and quantitative research on three cities: Boston, Los Angeles, and St. Louis. The meritocratic ideology is riddled with contradictions due to the massive and growing wealth disparity between blacks and whites, in particular. Everyone wants the best for their children, but access to assets is what allows wealthy people to either send their children to private school or buy expensive homes in neighborhoods with good public schools. In this equation, income doesn't matter so much, but wealth-which is typically inherited-does. Not surprisingly, black Americans, who on average have far less wealth than white Americans, are often unable to attend the best schools. And since educational attainment is the root of our alleged meritocracy, whites disproportionately dominate it-and families with wealth, even when they recognize the meritocracy as a problem, don't opt out of the system that has successfully reproduced itself for decades. Essentially, the meritocratic ideology of the American Dream continues to cast a powerful spell, and people who stand to benefit will participate in it regardless of the social issues involved
Cataloging source
EBLCP
Dewey number
339.2/20973
Index
index present
LC call number
HC110.W4
LC item number
J64 2015eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
The American dream and the power of wealth : choosing schools and inheriting inequality in the land of opportunity, Heather Beth Johnson, (electronic resource)
Publication
Copyright
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The wealth gap and the American dream -- Meritocracy and "good" schools -- Buying in and opting out -- Making do and feeling stuck -- Wealth privilege -- Inequality and ideology -- An unresolved conflict
Control code
ocn896794773
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unknown
Edition
Second edition
Extent
1 online resource (264 p.)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781317744085
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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not applicable
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.b34619914
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
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  • (OCoLC)896794773
  • ebl1315794292

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