Who speaks for the dispossessed?

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This commentary articulates three perspectives on race in America: economic determinism, institutionalism and a field-theoretic approach. It argues that William Julius Wilson's masterwork, The Declining Significance of Race, was informed by the first and anticipated the latter two. Wilson's most profound and enduring legacy is his unwavering concern for the dispossessed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1258-1263
Number of pages6
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jun 21 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science


  • William Julius Wilson
  • class
  • history
  • public policy
  • race
  • urban poverty


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