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The Boston Renaissance
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This volume documents metropolitan Boston's metamorphosis from a casualty of manufacturing decline in the 1970s to a paragon of the high-tech and service industries in the 1990s. The city's rebound has been part of a wider regional renaissance, as new commercial centers have sprung up outside the city limits. A stream of immigrants have flowed into the area, redrawing the map of ethnic relations in the city. While Boston's vaunted mind-based economy rewards the highly educated, many unskilled workers have also found opportunities servicing the city's growing health and education industries.

Boston's renaissance remains uneven, and the authors identify a variety of handicaps (low education, unstable employment, single parenthood) that still hold minorities back. Nonetheless this book presents Boston as a hopeful example of how America's older cities can reinvent themselves in the wake of suburbanization and deindustrialization.

A Volume in the Multi-City Study of Urban Inequality

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. About the Authors
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Chapter 1. Greater Boston in Transition
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. Chapter 2. The Demographic Revolution: From White Ethnocentric to Multicultural Boston
  2. pp. 23-50
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  1. Chapter 3. The Industrial Revolution: From Mill-Based to Mind-Based Industries
  2. pp. 51-73
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  1. Chapter 4. The Spatial Revolution: From Hub to Metropolis
  2. pp. 74-107
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  1. Chapter 5. Who We Are: How Families Fare in Greater Boston Today
  2. pp. 108-143
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  1. Chapter 6. What Do Boston-Area Residents Think of One Another?
  2. pp. 144-164
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  1. Chapter 7. Residential Preferences and Segregation
  2. pp. 165-198
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  1. Chapter 8. The Labor Market: How Workers with Limited Schooling Are Faring in Greater Boston
  2. pp. 199-273
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  1. Chapter 9. The Impact of Human, Social, and Cultural Capital on Job Slots and Wages
  2. pp. 274-332
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  1. Chapter 10. What Do Boston Area Employers Seek in Their Workers?
  2. pp. 333-366
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  1. Chapter 11. Sharing the Fruits of Greater Boston's Renaissance
  2. pp. 367-392
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 393-408
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  1. References
  2. pp. 409-434
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 435-461
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