ERIC Number: ED342867
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
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The Closing Door: Conservative Policy and Black Opportunity.
Orfield, Gary; Ashkinaze, Carole
This book explores the consequences of conservative policy for black opportunity by identifying the economic and social costs of the long-term conservative experiment. The book grew out of a large project studying the changing patterns of opportunities for white and minority youths growing up in five of the nation's urban communities, but primarily focusing on data from Atlanta (Georgia), a city with a booming economy, strong black elected leadership, and many highly educated blacks. The study's findings indicate that the following are true: (1) serious racial barriers remain; (2) the market cannot itself solve the social economic and educational problems of urban America; (3) opportunities were greater for the poor in the less conservative 1970s; (4) black control of government and education cannot solve these problems; (5) blacks must have access to opportunities in suburban areas; and (6) residential segregation has profound impacts. The following are the titles of the eight chapters: (1) "Opportunity in Metropolitan Atlanta: Going Backward in the 1980s"; (2) "Shattered Dreams"; (3) "Metropolitan Atlanta: Economic Boom and Growing Inequality"; (4) "Housing and Opportunity"; (5) "High Schools"; (6) "Declining Black Access to College"; (7) "Job Training"; and (8) "The Lessons of Atlanta: An Agenda for Urban Racial Equality in the 1990s". Included are 194 references. (JB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Black Achievement, Black Employment, Black Students, Conservatism, Economic Opportunities, Equal Education, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Government Role, Minority Groups, Political Attitudes, Public Policy, Racial Relations, Urban Culture
University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL 60637 ($22.50).
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia (Atlanta)