More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner
City (Issues of Our Time) by
A preeminent sociologist of race explains a
groundbreaking new framework for understanding racial inequality, challenging
both conservative and liberal dogma.
In this timely and provocative contribution to the American
discourse on race, William Julius Wilson applies an exciting new analytic
framework to three politically fraught social problems: the persistence of the
inner-city ghetto, the plight of low-skilled black males, and the fragmentation
of the African American family. Though the discussion of racial inequality is
typically ideologically polarized. Wilson dares to consider both institutional
and cultural factors as causes of the persistence of racial inequality. He
reaches the controversial conclusion that while structural and cultural forces
are inextricably linked, public policy can only change the racial status quo by
reforming the institutions that reinforce it.