William W. Goldsmith and Edward J. Blakely, Separate Societies: Poverty and Inequality in U.S. Cities (2nd ed.). Temple University Press. 2010. 264 pp.

Published at: 11 April 2011

In this revised and updated edition of their 1992 book Separate Societies, the authors present a compelling examination of the damaging divisions that isolate poor city minority residents from the middle-class suburban majority. It vividly documents how the urban working class has been pushed out of industrial jobs through global economic restructuring, and how the Wall Street meltdown has aggravated underemployment, depleted public services, and sharpened racial and class inequalities. As such, the authors urge the Obama administration to create better urban policy and foster better metropolitan management to effectively and efficiently promote equality.
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