American Society Today

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Manchester University Press, 2002 - 160 pages
American society today provides a balanced introduction to the defining features of contemporary American society. Includes the ways in which the US can be considered 'exceptional' - the character of the 'American dream', the role of ethnicity and race, and the differences between the regions.
Considers in depth a number of contemporary debates including the claim that the US economy has lost its capacity to generate wealth and stimulate mobility, that there has been a process of civic disengagement as voluntary organisations have lost members, and that the traditional family is in
decline. Includes a thorough investigation of the effects of the terrorist attacks of September 11 and their aftermath. Looks at the arguments put forward by those who assert that a common American identity has given way to a multitude of conflicting identities structured around factors such as
race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The American dream and the modern economy
33
Individualism and conformity
57
Communities civic decline and bowling alone
68
The family sex and sexuality
88
Race ethnicity and Balkanisation
100
the American regions
131
Index
157
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Edward Ashbee is Head of Social Studies at Denstone College, Staffordshire

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