The age of Obama: The changing place of minorities in British and American society

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The age of Obama: The changing place of minorities in British and American society

Manchester University Press
192 pages
Hardback ISBN: 9780719082771; Paperback ISBN: 9780719082788

Tom Clark, Columnist
The Guardian

Robert D. Putnam, and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy
Harvard University

Edward Fieldhouse, Professor of Social and Political Science and Director of the Institute for Social Change
University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Drawing on collaborative research from a distinguished team at Harvard and Manchester universities, The age of Obama asks how two very different societies are responding to the tide of diversity that is being felt around the rich world. Guardian journalist Tom Clark, Robert D. Putnam – best-selling author of Bowling Alone – and Manchester’s Edward Fieldhouse offer a wonderfully readable account. Like Bowling alone, The age of Obama mixes social scientific rigor with accessible charts and lively arguments. It will be enjoyed by politics, sociology and geography students, as well as by anyone else with an interest in ethnic relations.

Injustice, it turns out, still blights the lives of many UK and US minorities – particularly African Americans. And there are signs the new diversity strains community life. Yet in both countries, public opinion is running irreversibly in favour of tolerance. That augurs well for the future – and suggests a British Obama cannot be ruled out.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: the diversity revolution 
2. Two concepts in two countries: race and migration
3. Home truths: how minorities live
4. The rickety ladder of opportunity: minorities and work
5. Mosaic or cracked vase? Diversity and community life
6. Distorting mirrors: media framing and political debate
7. Tidal generation: politics and deeper currents of public opinion
8. Concluding thoughts: making a success of the revolution

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