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Social Trends in American Life assembles a team of leading researchers to provide unparalleled insight into how American social attitudes and behaviors have changed since the 1970s. Drawing on the General Social Survey--a social science project that has tracked demographic and attitudinal trends in the United States since 1972--it offers a window into diverse facets of American life, from intergroup relations to political views and orientations, social affiliations, and perceived well-being.

Among the book's many important findings are the greater willingness of ordinary Americans to accord rights of free expression to unpopular groups, to endorse formal racial equality, and to accept nontraditional roles for women in the workplace, politics, and the family. Some, but not all, signs indicate that political conservatism has grown, while a few suggest that Republicans and Democrats are more polarized. Some forms of social connectedness such as neighboring have declined, as has confidence in government, while participation in organized religion has softened. Despite rising standards of living, American happiness levels have changed little, though financial and employment insecurity has risen over three decades.

Social Trends in American Life provides an invaluable perspective on how Americans view their lives and their society, and on how these views have changed over the last two generations.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. 1. Introduction and Overview
  2. Peter V. Marsden
  3. pp. 1-16
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  1. Trends in Social and Political Orientations
  2. pp. 17-18
  1. 2. On the Seemingly Relentless Progress in Americans' Support for Free Expression, 1972– 2006
  2. James A. Davis
  3. pp. 19-37
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  1. 3. The Real Record on Racial Attitudes
  2. Lawrence D. Bobo, Camille Z. Charles, Maria Krysan, Alicia D. Simmons
  3. pp. 38-83
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  1. 4. Gender Role Attitudes since 1972: Are Southerners Distinctive?
  2. Karen E. Campbell, Peter V. Marsden
  3. pp. 84-116
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  1. 5. Public Opinion in the "Age of Reagan": Political Trends 1972– 2006
  2. Jeff Manza, Jennifer A. Heerwig, Brian J. McCabe
  3. pp. 117-145
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  1. 6. Crime, Punishment, and Social Disorder: Crime Rates and Trends in Public Opinion over More Than Three Decades
  2. James D. Wright, Jana L. Jasinski, Drew Noble Lanier
  3. pp. 146-174
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  1. Changes in Confidence and Connections
  2. pp. 175-176
  1. 7. Trends in Confidence in Institutions, 1973–2006
  2. Tom W. Smith
  3. pp. 177-211
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  1. 8. Continuity and Change in American Religion, 1972–2008
  2. Mark Chaves, Shawna Anderson
  3. pp. 212-239
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  1. 9. Trends in Informal Social Participation, 1974–2008
  2. Peter V. Marsden, Sameer B. Srivastava
  3. pp. 240-264
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  1. Stability and Flux in Social Indicators
  2. pp. 265-266
  1. 10. Income, Age, and Happiness in America
  2. Glenn Firebaugh, Laura Tach
  3. pp. 267-287
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  1. 11. Religion and Happiness
  2. Michael Hout, Andrew Greeley
  3. pp. 288-314
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  1. 12. Labor Force Insecurity and U.S. Work Attitudes, 1970s–2006
  2. Arne L. Kalleberg, Peter V. Marsden
  3. pp. 315-337
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  1. 13. Population Trends in Verbal Intelligence in the United States
  2. Duane F. Alwin, Julianna Pacheco
  3. pp. 338-368
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  1. Appendix: The General Social Survey Project
  2. pp. 369-378
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 379-386
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400845569
Related ISBN
9780691155906
MARC Record
OCLC
810124922
Pages
408
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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