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The Resource Happiness for all? : unequal hopes and lives in pursuit of the American dream, Carol Graham, (electronic resource)

Happiness for all? : unequal hopes and lives in pursuit of the American dream, Carol Graham, (electronic resource)

Label
Happiness for all? : unequal hopes and lives in pursuit of the American dream
Title
Happiness for all?
Title remainder
unequal hopes and lives in pursuit of the American dream
Statement of responsibility
Carol Graham
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The Declaration of Independence states that all people are endowed with certain unalienable rights, and that among these is the pursuit of happiness. But is happiness available equally to everyone in America today? How about elsewhere in the world? Carol Graham draws on cutting edge research linking income inequality with well-being to show how the widening prosperity gap has led to rising inequality in people's beliefs, hopes, and aspirations. For the United States and other developed countries, the high costs of being poor are most evident not in material deprivation but rather in stress, insecurity, and lack of hope. The result is an optimism gap between rich and poor that, if left unchecked, could lead to an increasingly divided society. Graham reveals how people who do not believe in their own futures are unlikely to invest in them, and how the consequences can range from job instability and poor education to greater mortality rates, failed marriages, and higher rates of incarceration. She describes how the optimism gap is reflected in the very words people use the wealthy use words that reflect knowledge acquisition and healthy behaviors, while the words of the poor reflect desperation, short-term outlooks, and patchwork solutions. She also explains why the least optimistic people in America are poor whites, not poor blacks or Hispanics. Happiness for All? highlights the importance of well-being measures in identifying and monitoring trends in life satisfaction and optimism, and misery and despair, and demonstrates how hope and happiness can lead to improved economic outcomes
Cataloging source
BTCTA
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1962-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Graham, Carol
Dewey number
305.5/130973
LC call number
HN90.S65
LC item number
G73 2017
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Social mobility
  • Social classes
  • Equality
  • American Dream
  • United States
  • United States
  • American Dream
  • Economic history
  • Equality
  • Social classes
  • Social conditions
  • Social mobility
  • Soziale Ungleichheit
  • Wohlstand
  • Selbstwirksamkeit
  • Zukunftserwartung
  • United States
  • USA
Label
Happiness for all? : unequal hopes and lives in pursuit of the American dream, Carol Graham, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-185) and index
Contents
  • High Costs of Being Poor in the Land of the Dream: Stress, Insecurity, and Lack of Hope
  • ch. 5
  • Well-Being, Aspirations, and Outcomes: What Do We Know?
  • ch. 6
  • Can We Save the Dream?
  • Machine generated contents note:
  • ch. 1
  • Introduction Happiness for All: Living the Dream?
  • ch. 2
  • What Happened to Horatio Alger? U.S. Trends in Inequality and Opportunity in Comparative Perspective
  • ch. 3
  • Who Believes in the American Dream? Public Attitudes about Mobility in the United States and Beyond
  • ch. 4
Control code
OCM1bookssj0001882725
Dimensions
unknown
Isbn
9780691169460
Lccn
2016961394
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)bookssj0001882725
Label
Happiness for all? : unequal hopes and lives in pursuit of the American dream, Carol Graham, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-185) and index
Contents
  • High Costs of Being Poor in the Land of the Dream: Stress, Insecurity, and Lack of Hope
  • ch. 5
  • Well-Being, Aspirations, and Outcomes: What Do We Know?
  • ch. 6
  • Can We Save the Dream?
  • Machine generated contents note:
  • ch. 1
  • Introduction Happiness for All: Living the Dream?
  • ch. 2
  • What Happened to Horatio Alger? U.S. Trends in Inequality and Opportunity in Comparative Perspective
  • ch. 3
  • Who Believes in the American Dream? Public Attitudes about Mobility in the United States and Beyond
  • ch. 4
Control code
OCM1bookssj0001882725
Dimensions
unknown
Isbn
9780691169460
Lccn
2016961394
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)bookssj0001882725

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