Publications

2003
Hochschild JL. ’ Who Cares Who Killed Roger Ackroyd?’ Narrowing the Enduring Divisions of Race. In: The Fractious Nation? Unity and Division in Contemporary American Life. edited by Jonathan Rieder with Stephen Steinlight. Berkeley CA: University of California Press ; 2003. pp. 155-169.
Hochschild JL. Rethinking Accountability Politics. In: No Child Left Behind? The Politics and Practice of School Accountability. edited by Paul Peterson and Martin West. Washington D.C. : Brookings Institution Press ; 2003. pp. 107-125.
Hochschild JL. Pluralism, Identity Politics, and Coalitions: Toward Madisonian Constitutionalism. In: The Future of American Democratic Politics: Principles and Practices. edited by Gerald Pomper and Marc Weiner. New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers University Press ; 2003. pp. 11-28.
Hochschild JL. Social Class in Public Schools. Journal of Social Issues. 2003;59 (4) :821-840.
Hochschild JL. Comments on James S. Liebman and Charles F. Sabel, A Public Laboratory Dewey Barely Imagined. New York University Review of Law and Social Change. 2003;28 (2) :327-332.
2002
Hochschild JL. Multiple Racial Identifiers in the 2000 Census, and Then What?. In: The New Race Question: How the Census Counts Multiracial Individuals. edited by Joel Perlmann and Mary Waters. New York: Russell Sage Foundation ; 2002. pp. 340-353.
2001
Hochschild JL. Where You Stand Depends on What You See: Connections Among Values, Perceptions of Fact, and Political Prescriptions. In: Citizens and Politics: Perspectives from Political Psychology. edited by James Kuklinski. New York: Cambridge University Press ; 2001. pp. 313-340.
Hochschild JL. Public Schools and the American Dream. Dissent. 2001;48 (4) :35-42.
2000
Hochschild JL. Lumpers and Splitters, Individuals and Structures. In: Racialized Politics: The Debate about Racism in America. edited by David Sears, Jim Sidanius, and Lawrence Bobo. Chicago IL: University of Chicago Press ; 2000. pp. 324-343.
Hochschild JL, Rogers R. Race Relations in a Diversifying Nation. In: New Directions: African Americans in a Diversifying Nation. edited by James Jackson. Washington D.C. National Planning Association ; 2000.
Hochschild JL, Scovronick N. Democratic Education and the American Dream. In: Rediscovering the Democratic Purposes of Education. edited by Lorraine McDonnell, P. Michael Timpane, and Roger Benjamin. Lawrence KS: University Press of Kansas ; 2000. pp. 209-242.
1999
Hochschild JL. Affirmative Action as Culture War. In: The Cultural Territories of Race: Black and White Boundaries. edited by Michèle Lamont. Chicago IL and New York: University of Chicago Press and Russell Sage Foundation ; 1999. pp. 343-368.
Hochschild JL. You Win Some, You Lose Some: Explaining the Pattern of Success and Failure in the Second Reconstruction. In: Taking Stock: American Government in the Twentieth Century. edited by Morton Keller and R. Shep Melnick. New York: Cambridge University Press ; 1999. pp. 219-248.
1998
Hochschild J, Scott B. Poll Trends: Governance and Reform of Public Education in the United States. Public Opinion Quarterly. 1998;62 (1) :79-120.
Hochschild J. American Racial and Ethnic Politics in the 21st Century: A Cautious Look Ahead. Brookings Review. 1998;16 (2) :43-46.
Hochschild J, Danielson M. Changing Urban Education: Lessons, Cautions, Prospects. In: Stone C Changing Urban Education. Lawrence KS: University Press of Kansas ; 1998. pp. 277-298.
Hochschild JL. The Strange Career of Affirmative Action. Ohio State Law Journal. 1998;59 (3) :997-1038.
Hochschild JL, Danielson M. Can We Desegregate Public Schools and Subsidized Housing? Lessons from the Sorry History of Yonkers, New York. In: Changing Urban Education. edited by Clarence Stone. Lawrence KS: University Press of Kansas ; 1998. pp. 23-44.
1996
McLanahan S, Garfinkel I, Hochschild JL ed. Social Policies for Children. Washington D.C. Brookings Institution Press; 1996.
1995
Hochschild JL. Facing Up to the American Dream: Race, Class, and the Soul of the Nation. Princeton: Princeton University Press; 1995. Publisher's WebsiteAbstract

The ideology of the American dream--the faith that an individual can attain success and virtue through strenuous effort--is the very soul of the American nation. According to Jennifer Hochschild, we have failed to face up to what that dream requires of our society, and yet we possess no other central belief that can save the United States from chaos. In this compassionate but frightening book, Hochschild attributes our national distress to the ways in which whites and African Americans have come to view their own and each other's opportunities. By examining the hopes and fears of whites and especially of blacks of various social classes, Hochschild demonstrates that America's only unifying vision may soon vanish in the face of racial conflict and discontent.

Hochschild combines survey data and vivid anecdote to clarify several paradoxes. Since the 1960s white Americans have seen African Americans as having better and better chances to achieve the dream. At the same time middle-class blacks, by now one-third of the African American population, have become increasingly frustrated personally and anxious about the progress of their race. Most poor blacks, however, cling with astonishing strength to the notion that they and their families can succeed--despite their terrible, perhaps worsening, living conditions. Meanwhile, a tiny number of the estranged poor, who have completely given up on the American dream or any other faith, threaten the social fabric of the black community and the very lives of their fellow blacks.

Hochschild probes these patterns and gives them historical depth by comparing the experience of today's African Americans to that of white ethnic immigrants at the turn of the century. She concludes by claiming that America's only alternative to the social disaster of intensified racial conflict lies in the inclusiveness, optimism, discipline, and high-mindedness of the American dream at its best.

Facing Up to the American Dream

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