Journals Higher Education



Published: 17 April 2014

232 Pages


ISBN: 9780195377910

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Chasing the American Dream

Understanding What Shapes Our Fortunes

Mark Robert Rank, PhD, with Thomas A. Hirschl, PhD, and and with Kirk A. Foster, PhD

  • Combines engaging interview stories with a unique longitudinal data set spanning 40 years to tell the story of the American Dream.
  • Illustrates in a new way the strong impact that class and race have upon being successful or unsuccessful in achieving the American Dream.
  • Provides policy suggestions on how to increase access to the American Dream.
  • This book represents the first scholarly analysis to empirically examine the American life course within such a longitudinal context.

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