Cambridge Catalogue  
  • Help
Home > Catalogue > Ethnicity, Social Mobility, and Public Policy
Ethnicity, Social Mobility, and Public Policy
Google Book Search

Search this book


  • 67 tables
  • Page extent: 660 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 1.11 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 305.5/13/0941
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: HN90.S65 E86 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Social mobility--United States
    • Social mobility--Great Britain
    • Minorities--United States
    • Minorities--Great Britain
    • Minorities--Government policy--United States

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521823098 | ISBN-10: 0521823099)

This major comparative study of the social mobility of ethnic minorities in the US and UK argues that social mobility must be understood as a complex and multi-dimensional phenomenon, incorporating the wealth and income of groups, but also their political power and social recognition. Written by leading sociologists, economists, political scientists, geographers, and philosophers in both countries, the volume addresses issues as diverse as education, work and employment, residential concentration, political mobilisation, public policy and social networks, while drawing larger lessons about the meaning of race and inequality in the two countries. While finding that there are important similarities in the experience of ethnic, and especially immigrant, groups in the two countries, the volume also concludes that the differences between the US and UK, especially in the case of American blacks, are equally important.

• Tackles a contemporary issue from a US-UK comparative perspective • Brings together a prestigious cast of scholars from both the US and UK • Combines history, empirical research and theory


Introduction Glenn C. Loury, Tariq Modood and Steven M. Teles; Part I. Historical Overviews: 1. Ruling an empire, governing a multi-national state: the impact of Britain's historical legacy on the ethno-racial regime Mary Hickman; 2. American diversity and the 2000 Census Nathan Glazer; 3. Four modes of ethno-somatic stratification: the experience of blacks in Europe and the Americas Orlando Patterson; Part II. Informal Social Networks: 4. Ethnicity as social capital: community-based institutions and embedded networks of social relations Min Zhou; 5. Intergenerational mobility and racial inequality in education and earnings Linda Loury; 6. Social integration and social mobility: spatial segregation and intermarriage of the Caribbean population in Britain Ceri Peach; 7. Ghettos and the transmission of ethnic capital David Cutler, Edward Glaeser and Jacob Vigdor; 8. Family formulation in multi-cultural Britain: diversity and change Richard Berthoud; Part III. Formal Structures: 9. Educational progress for African Americans and Latinos in the United States from the 1950s to the 1990s: the interaction of ancestry and class Michael Hout; 10. The educational attainments of ethnic minorities in Britain Tariq Modood; 11. Why America's black-white school achievement gap persists Ronald Ferguson; 12. Networks and niches: the continuing significance of ethnic connections Roger Waldinger; 13. Non-white origins, anglo destinations: immigrants in the US and Britain Suzanne Model; 14. Ethnic differences in the British labor market: the role of education and social class origins Anthony Heath and Dorren McMahon; 15. Ethnic minorities, employment, self-employment and social mobility in post-war Britain Vaughan Robinson and Rina Valeny; Part IV. Political Institutions and Processes: 16. Ethnicity and political mobilisation in Britain Tariq Modood; 17. Political institutions and minority mobility in the United States Peter Skerry; 18. Race, state and policy: the development of employment discrimination policy in the United States and Britain Robert Lieberman; 19. Regime effects: ethnicity, social mobility and public policy in the US and Britain Steven M. Teles, Robert Mickey and Fawzia Ahmed; Part V. Normative Analysis: 20. Race, inequality and justice in the United States: some social-philosophic reflections Glenn C. Loury; 21. Achieving racial equality Bhikhu Parekh.


'This book is a rich reservoir of empirical data interpreted with theoretical sensitivity. Datasets are deftly deployed and the subtleties of inter/intra-national contexts are illuminated. it is a timely and impressive contribution to our understanding of social mobility, the fungibility of social capital, and ethnicity and policy in a comparative context.' Work, Employment & Society


Glenn C. Loury, Tariq Modood, Steven M. Teles, Mary Hickman, Nathan Glazer, Orlando Patterson, Min Zhou, Linda Loury, Ceri Peach, David Cutler, Edward Glaeser, Jacob Vigdor, Richard Berthoud, Michael Hout, Ronald Ferguson, Roger Waldinger, Suzanne Model, Anthony Heath, Dorren McMahon, Vaughan Robinson, Rina Valeny, Peter Skerry, Robert Lieberman, Robert Mickey, Fawzia Ahmed, Bhikhu Parekh

printer iconPrinter friendly version AddThis