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Sharing the Dream : White Males in Multicultural America - Dominic J. Pulera

Sharing the Dream

White Males in Multicultural America

Hardcover Published: 20th October 2004
ISBN: 9780826416438
Number Of Pages: 448

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White males, 100 million strong, constitute approximately 35 percent of the U.S. population, a percentage that declines slightly each year. They matter very much to discussions of race, ethnicity, and gender in the US due to their numbers and the enormous influence they have wielded--and continue to wield. In this highly original and readable work, Dominic Pulera offers the broadest and most balanced treatment of the white male experience in American to date. He contends that virtually all white males are sharing the American dream with women and people of color, in response to the nation's changing demographics and the multicultural mindset that informs policies and attitudes in our nation. Some white males are sharing the dream voluntarily; others are doing so involuntarily. The author also explores the heterogeneity of white male America, taking into account such factors as age, ethnicity, ideology, social class, regional background, occupational status, and sexual preference. This timely work relies on a broad range of sources, including extensive field research and hundreds of interviews along with the best primary and secondary sources available. It includes original historical treatments, discussion of contemporary dynamics, and comparative material that takes into account the experiences of peoples in other countries. In doing so, Pulera places white males in the context of America's ongoing transition from a predominantly white country to one where minorities are increasingly numerous and consequently becoming more visible.

"The format is excellent, the text lucid: Pulera blends vignettes of individual men's experiences with solid research, interviews, and site visits to analyze the place of white males in American society over the years and provide a framework for suggesting the future .This thoughtful, well-researched, and readable study is highly recommended for academics and the interested public."-Library Journal

Prologue: Sharing the Dreamp. 1
A Nation of 100 Million
White and Malep. 21
The White Man Comethp. 23
Defining Americap. 33
In and Outp. 42
Rebirth and Regenerationp. 54
All Americanp. 55
Living in Americap. 64
Words Matterp. 73
Heterogeneous Hegemonsp. 87
The Privileged Few?p. 89
Onward and Upwardp. 99
Family Lifep. 107
The Diversity Imperative
Fair Playp. 123
Equality for Allp. 126
The Value of Diversityp. 135
Keeping the Faithp. 143
The Power of Numbersp. 158
Calling the Shotsp. 161
The Vanguardp. 169
Playing the Gamep. 179
The American Pantheonp. 192
Alive and Wellp. 195
Changing the Narrativep. 204
Legal Tenderp. 213
White Male Identity Politics
Big Mouthsp. 227
Protean Posesp. 230
All Talkp. 238
Mad as Hellp. 245
Changing Americap. 257
Going to Courtp. 260
The Politics of Race and Genderp. 269
Taking the Initiativep. 279
The Perils of Prejudicep. 292
On the Far Rightp. 295
White Wrongsp. 304
Doing the Right Thingp. 313
Epilogue: Promises to Keepp. 326
Notesp. 343
Acknowledgmentsp. 427
Indexp. 429
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ISBN: 9780826416438
ISBN-10: 0826416438
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 20th October 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.86
Edition Number: 1