Our Kids

Our Kids

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A groundbreaking examination of the growing inequality gap from the bestselling author of Bowling Alone: why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility. Ita€™s the American dream: get a good education, work hard, buy a house, and achieve prosperity and success. This is the America we believe ina€”a nation of opportunity, constrained only by ability and effort. But during the last twenty-five years we have seen a disturbing a€œopportunity gapa€ emerge. Americans have always believed in equality of opportunity, the idea that all kids, regardless of their family background, should have a decent chance to improve their lot in life. Now, this central tenet of the American dream seems no longer true or at the least, much less true than it was. Robert Putnama€”about whom The Economist said, a€œhis scholarship is wide-ranging, his intelligence luminous, his tone modest, his prose unpretentious and frequently funnya€a€”offers a personal but also authoritative look at this new American crisis. Putnam begins with his high school class of 1959 in Port Clinton, Ohio. By and large the vast majority of those studentsa€”a€œour kidsa€a€”went on to lives better than those of their parents. But their children and grandchildren have had harder lives amid diminishing prospects. Putnam tells the tale of lessening opportunity through poignant life stories of rich and poor kids from cities and suburbs across the country, drawing on a formidable body of research done especially for this book. Our Kids is a rare combination of individual testimony and rigorous evidence. Putnam provides a disturbing account of the American dream that should initiate a deep examination of the future of our country.... (retirees and vacation home owners and the developers and others who serve them) and poor old-timers (manual workers who ... prices falling by almost half ( 47 percent) between 2006 and 2011 and unemployment in Deschutes County reaching 17 percent, ... U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2008 a€“2012, as compiled by Social Explorer, accessed through Harvard University Library.

Title:Our Kids
Author:Robert D. Putnam
Publisher:Simon and Schuster - 2015-03-10


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