The Declining Significance of Race: Blacks and Changing American Institutions

Intersection of race and class in America. Impact of class as well as, and as it intersects with, race on life experience in America. Traces the development of a black class structure and relates it to the declining influence of race in the economic sector (his thesis). I.e. he argues that as the black community stratifies in terms of wealth, class–rather than race–becomes increasingly important in determining the inclusion/exclusion/life path of blacks.

This new paperback edition includes a major new essay in which William Julius Wilson not only reflects on the debate surrounding his book, but also presents a provocative discussion of race, class, and social policy.

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