New and noteworthy: Summer edition
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New and noteworthy

Summer edition—Inequality & Social Policy
at the Malcolm Wiener Center

The 2016 Hutchins Forum
Race and the Race to the White House

Watch livestream via PBS NewsHour
Thurs, Aug 18 at 5:00 pm (view here).

Inequality & Social Policy faculty affiliates Leah Wright Rigueur and Lawrence Bobo are among the participants in today's forum, sponsored by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University
Charlayne Hunter-Gault, PBS NewsHour

Charles M. Blow, The New York Times
Donna Brazile, Democratic National Committee
Armstrong Williams, The Right Side
Leah Wright Rigueur, Harvard Kennedy School
Lawrence D. Bobo, Harvard University

New and forthcoming books

By Harvard Inequality & Social Policy faculty and Ph.D. fellow alumni

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Competition in the Promised Land: 
Black Migrants in Northern Cities and Labor Markets

By Leah Platt Boustan (Ph.D. '06)
Professor of Economics, UCLA.

Princeton University Press (Nov 2016).
"A masterful contribution to understanding twentieth-century black and American history. Combining new data sources with sophisticated historical and economic analysis, Boustan presents important new interpretations of the causes and consequences of black migration from South to North and of 'white flight' from northern urban areas to the suburbs."
Stanley L. Engerman, University of Rochester.
Children of the Great Recession

Edited by Irwin Garfinkel, Sara McLanahan, and Christopher Wimer (Ph.D. '07), co-director of the Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University.

Russell Sage Foundation (Aug 2016).

Ebook currently available for free download (pdf).
A group of leading scholars draw from a unique study of nearly 5,000 economically and ethnically diverse families in twenty cities to analyze the effects of the Great Recession, the deepest and longest economic downturn since the Great Depression, on parents and young children. By exploring the discrepancies in outcomes between these families—particularly between those headed by parents with college degrees and those without—this timely book shows how the most disadvantaged families have continued to suffer as a result of the Great Recession.
Getting Respect: Responding to Stigma and Discrimination in the United States, Brazil, and Israel

By Michèle Lamont, Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies and Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University; Graziella Moraes Silva (Ph.D. '10), Professor of Sociology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva; Jessica S. Welburn (Ph.D. '11), Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at the University of Iowa; Joshua Guetzkow, Hebrew University; Nissim Mizrachi,Tel Aviv University; Hanna Herzog, Tel Aviv University, and Elisa Reis, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Princeton University Press (Sept 2016).
"A stunningly successful comparative analysis of stigmatization and discrimination in the United States, Brazil, and Israel, Getting Respect shows how cultural repertories and group boundaries that exist at the national level shape individual experiences of racism, self-worth, and respect. This book is a major addition to the study of race and discrimination and a huge contribution to macrocomparative sociology."
James Mahoney, Northwestern University
The Diversity Bargain—And Other Dilemmas of Race, Admissions, and Meritocracy at Elite Universities

By Natasha K. Warikoo (Ph.D. '05), Associate Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education.

University of Chicago Press (Oct 2016).
The Diversity Bargain is a thoughtful and original work. By probing the views of British and American elite college students, Warikoo enriches our understanding of the meaning of merit, opportunity, and race today. Her book casts a bright light on the significance of opportunity in highly unequal settings." 
Annette Lareau, University of Pennsylvania.
Education and Equality

By Danielle Allen, Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and Professor of Government and Education, Harvard University.

University of Chicago Press (Jun 2016).
In these Tanner Lectures, Danielle Allen argues that education plays a crucial role in the cultivation of political and social equality and economic fairness, but that we have lost sight of exactly what that role is and should be. Drawing on thinkers such as John Rawls and Hannah Arendt, she sketches out a humanistic baseline that re-links education to equality, showing how doing so can help us reframe policy questions. From there, she turns to civic education, showing that we must reorient education’s trajectory toward readying students for lives as democratic citizens.
Urban Citizenship and American Democracy

Edited by Amy Bridges and Michael Javen Fortner (Ph.D. '10), Assistant Professor and Academic Director for Urban Studies at the Murphy Institute,
City University of New York.

Contributors include Jennifer L. Hochschild, Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government, Harvard University.

Published by SUNY Press (Jun 2016).

Chapters available in PDF format to institutional subscribers via Project Muse (view).
After decades of being defined by crisis and limitations, cities are popular again—as destinations for people and businesses, and as subjects of scholarly study. Urban Citizenship and American Democracy contributes to this new scholarship by exploring the origins and dynamics of urban citizenship in the United States. Contributors focus on enduring questions about urban political power, local government, and civic engagement to offer fresh theoretical and empirical accounts of city politics and policy, federalism, and American democracy.
We Wanted Workers: Unraveling the Immigration Narrative

By George J. Borjas, Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School.

W.W. Norton & Company (Oct 2016).
“An invaluable addition to the literature on U.S. immigration policy. A model of lucid exposition, it delves deeply into the subtle complexities of a subject that has been rife with sloppy and wishful thinking. Borjas reviews a mountain of evidence in support of a forceful argument for the position that, while there are benefits, one needs also to be mindful of the considerable costs associated with the liberalization of immigration policies.”
Glenn C. Loury, Merton P. Stolz Professor of the Social Sciences, Brown University
Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College? 

By Alexander Keyssar, Matthew W. Stirling, Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School.

Harvard University Press (Jan 2017).
Alexander Keyssar traces the origins of the Electoral College as a much wrangled-over compromise among delegates to the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention who had no previous experience with electing a chief executive. He explores all of the major efforts to abolish or significantly reform the Electoral College―in the 1810s and 1820s, the post–Civil War era, and the late 1960s―to discover why these efforts have failed. Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College? demonstrates that the most common explanation for the institution’s persistence―that small states have blocked reforms for fear of losing political influence―is simply untrue.

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