The Declining Significance of Race in the twenty-first century: a retrospective assessment in the context of rising class inequality Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2015, © 2015 Taylor & Francis. No other book in modern sociology is so well known but yet so roundly dismissed as William J. Wilson's The Declining Significance of Race. Its major thesis is supported, however, by a great deal of credible and systematic evidence. Its historical analysis is notably informative and prescient in predicting rising class inequality. The Declining Significance of Race remains vitally important reading for enhancing our understanding of inequality in contemporary America.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Sakamoto, A., & Wang, S. X.

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  • 2

publication date

  • April 2015