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    DescriptionThis powerful and disturbing book clearly links persistent poverty among blacks in the United States to the unparalleled degree of deliberate segregation they experience in American cities. American Apartheid shows how the black ghetto was created by whites during the first half of the twentieth century in order to isolate growing urban black populations. It goes on to show that, despite the Fair Housing Act of 1968, segregation is perpetuated today through an interlocking set of individual actions, institutional practices, and governmental policies. In some urban areas the degree of black segregation is so intense and occurs in so many dimensions simultaneously that it amounts to "hypersegregation." The authors demonstrate that this systematic segregation of African Americans leads inexorably to the creation of underclass communities during periods of economic downturn. Under conditions of extreme segregation, any increase in the overall rate of black poverty yields a marked increase in the geographic concentration of indigence and the deterioration of social and economic conditions in black communities. As ghetto residents adapt to this increasingly harsh environment under a climate of racial isolation, they evolve attitudes, behaviors, and practices that further marginalize their neighborhoods and undermine their chances of success in mainstream American society. This book is a sober challenge to those who argue that race is of declining significance in the United States today.


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    Title
    American Apartheid
    Subtitle
    Segregation and the Making of the Underclass
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Douglas S. Massey, By (author) Nancy A. Denton
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 312
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 318 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780674018211
    ISBN 10: 0674018214
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    BIC subject category V2: JFSL3, JFFJ
    Ingram Theme: APPR/CLASSA
    DC22: 305.8
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    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    LC classification: E
    LC subject heading: ,
    Abridged Dewey: 973
    Ingram Subject Code: EI
    Libri: I-EI
    LC subject heading:
    DC20: 305.896073
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27540
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002010
    B&T Approval Code: A31681000
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: SOC001000
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: JBFA, JBSL
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    1 line illustration, 22 tables
    Publisher
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    15 July 1998
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass
    Review quote
    In the meticulousness of its research and the density of its arguments, [American Apartheid] stands well apart from even the best-argued and most amply documented books by journalists on racial problems. -- Nathan Glazer New Republic A major contribution to our understanding of both racism and poverty... One hopes that the book will be read, not only by other scholars and policy analysts, but by a broad spectrum of citizens and by all the leaders of the nation. -- Andrew Billingsley Washington Post Book World Richly documented ... A splendid book. American Apartheid explores a topic that many of us have come to take for granted, presents a fascinating array of data that have never been assembled in one place and compellingly argues that segregation is crucial to understanding what has happened to [urban] blacks. -- Charles Murray Times Literary Supplement Essential reading for anyone interested in the causes, and possible cures, of urban poverty. -- Roberto M. Fernandez Contemporary Sociology An incredibly readable book that must be studied by all Americans-liberal and conservative, black and white. -- D. K. Jamieson Choice
    Table of contents
    Preface 1. The Missing Link 2. The Construction of the Ghetto 3. The Persistence of the Ghetto 4. The Continuing Causes of Segregation 5. The Creation of Underclass Communities 6. The Perpetuation of the Underclass 7. The Failure of Public Policy 8. The Future of the Ghetto Notes Index