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A New Opportunity

Phillip Brown, Hugh Lauder, and David Ashton

in The Global Auction: The Broken Promises of Education, Jobs, and Incomes

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199731688
eISBN:
9780199944125
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731688.003.0025
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This chapter reviews the discussions that have been presented in previous chapters, including the concept of the American Dream. It considers the question of whether the American democracy will lead ... More


Translating and Transforming the American Dream: Jade Snow Wong's Fifth Chinese Daughter and Gish Jen's Typical American

Weimin Tang

in China Abroad: Travels, Subjects, Spaces

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789622099456
eISBN:
9789882206687
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789622099456.003.0007
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter, by focusing on what have been largely denounced as the two assimilationist Bildungsromane, Jade Snow Wong's Fifth Chinese Daughter, and Gish Jen's Typical American, brings to the fore ... More


Introduction

Phillip Brown, Hugh Lauder, and David Ashton

in The Global Auction: The Broken Promises of Education, Jobs, and Incomes

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199731688
eISBN:
9780199944125
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731688.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This introductory chapter discusses the concept of the American Dream, which can no longer be kept within national borders. It first looks at the opportunity bargain, where the role of the state is ... More


The Disney Version of the American Dream

Eric S. Jenkins

in Special Affects: Cinema, Animation and the Translation of Consumer Culture

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780748695478
eISBN:
9781474406413
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748695478.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter argues that ideology emerges from affective experience, tracing the translation of American Dream narratives from the versions common in classical Hollywood to the Disney version of the ... More


Economic Security and the American Dream

Mark R. Rank and Thomas A. Hirschl

in Working and Living in the Shadow of Economic Fragility

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199988488
eISBN:
9780190218249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199988488.003.0008
Subject:
Social Work, Social Policy, Research and Evaluation

Economic security is a key component of the American Dream. We examine patterns of economic security and insecurity across the life course, including the likelihood that Americans will experience ... More


Bilingual Personhood and the American Dream

Jeehyun Lim

in Bilingual Brokers: Race, Literature, and Language as Human Capital

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780823275304
eISBN:
9780823277032
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823275304.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

Chapter two examines the rhetorical and social construction of bilingual personhood as part of the American Dream through the debates on public bilingualism. The debates on bilingual education and ... More


Introduction

Robert Wuthnow

in American Misfits and the Making of Middle-Class Respectability

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691176864
eISBN:
9781400888092
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691176864.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This introductory chapter discusses how Americans in the nineteenth century pursued the American Dream. It argues that moving the American Dream from the stratosphere in which it is often discussed ... More


Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream

Christina M. Greer

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199989300
eISBN:
9780199346332
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199989300.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream explores the political significance of ethnicity for new immigrant and native-born blacks. Utilizing ... More


Singlewide: Chasing the American Dream in a Rural Trailer Park

Sonya Salamon and Katherine MacTavish

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781501713217
eISBN:
9781501709685
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501713217.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, American and Canadian Cultural Anthropology

When a rural family of modest means buys a new or used mobile home, unless cash is paid up-front, they become entangled with the highly profitable mobile home industrial complex, made up of home ... More


Special Affects: Cinema, Animation and the Translation of Consumer Culture

Eric S. Jenkins

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780748695478
eISBN:
9781474406413
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748695478.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Special Affects retells the history of the emergence of classical Hollywood cinema and Disney animation from the perspective of affect theory. It argues that these media enabled new modes of ... More


Millions Standing against Their Own Economic Interest

Mugambi Jouet

in Exceptional America: What Divides Americans from the World and from Each Other

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520293298
eISBN:
9780520966468
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520293298.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Millions of white working-class and middle-class Americans vote against their own economic interest by defending policies that hurt them while profiting the rich, including the 1% wealthiest ... More


First Echo: Europe, 1776–1800

George Athan Billias

in American Constitutionalism Heard Round the World, 1776-1989: A Global Perspective

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814791073
eISBN:
9780814739013
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814791073.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

This chapter examines the influence of American constitutionalism in Europe during the years 1776–1800, the so-called first peak period, or echo, of American constitutionalism abroad. It first ... More


Empire and Revolution: The Americans in Mexico since the Civil War

John Mason Hart

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520223240
eISBN:
9780520939295
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520223240.001.0001
Subject:
History, Latin American History

The deep relationship between the United States and Mexico has had repercussions felt around the world. This chronicle of the economic and social connections between the two nations opens a new ... More


What Women Want

ALLEN JONES and Mark Naison

in The Rat That Got Away: A Bronx Memoir

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823231027
eISBN:
9780823240821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.003.0011
Subject:
History, Social History

Of all the forces that influenced the formation of Allen Jones's life, none was more powerful than family. He was blessed to have several strong role models in his own household and extended family, ... More


Who Believes in the American Dream?: Public Attitudes about Mobility in the United States and Beyond

Carol Graham

in Happiness for All?: Unequal Hopes and Lives in Pursuit of the American Dream

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691169460
eISBN:
9781400884971
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691169460.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Political Economy

This chapter goes on to ask who still believes in the American Dream. It begins with a review of what we know about the relationship between inequality, well-being, and attitudes about future ... More


The American Dream in Vietnamese

Nhi T. Lieu

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816665693
eISBN:
9781452946436
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816665693.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

Using research on popular culture of the Vietnamese diaspora, this book explores how people displaced by war reconstruct cultural identity in the aftermath of migration. Embracing American democratic ... More


The Social Bulimia of Forced Repatriation: A Case Study of Dominican Deportees

David C. Brotherton and Luis Barrios

in The Borders of Punishment: Migration, Citizenship, and Social Exclusion

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199669394
eISBN:
9780191748752
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669394.003.0012
Subject:
Law, Criminal Law and Criminology, Human Rights and Immigration

This chapter analyzes the immigration/deportation process through the concept of social bulimia. Drawing on life history interviews with Dominican deportees conducted in the Dominican Republic and ... More


Bling Fling: Commodity Consumption and the Politics of the “Post-Racial”

Roopali Mukherjee

in Critical Rhetorics of Race

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814762226
eISBN:
9780814765296
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814762226.003.0009
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter highlights the work of consumption and acquisitive desire within struggles over race and racial equality, focusing on a comparative reading of two moments in time to reveal how racial ... More


From a Cool Complex to Complex Cool

in Thug Life: Race, Gender, and the Meaning of Hip-Hop

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226395845
eISBN:
9780226395869
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226395869.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents a textual analysis that rappers produce a collective racial discourse which is not necessarily oppositional. This points toward a new and more complicated definition of coolness ... More


The Making of Black Detroit in the Age of Henry Ford

Beth Tompkins Bates

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780807835647
eISBN:
9781469601571
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807837450_bates
Subject:
History, African-American History

In the 1920s, Henry Ford hired thousands of African American men for his open-shop system of auto manufacturing. This move was a rejection of the notion that better jobs were for white men only. This ... More


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