Most Americans see the American Dream lying not in wealth and riches, but rather in economic security, pursuing one's passions, and looking forward to the future.
Author: Kirk Foster
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
The United States has been epitomized as a land of opportunity, where hard work and skill can bring personal success and economic well-being. The American Dream has captured the imagination of people from all walks of life, and to many, it represents the heart and soul of the country. But there is another, darker side to the bargain that America strikes with its people -- it is the price we pay for our individual pursuit of the American Dream. That price can be found in the economic hardship present in the lives of millions of Americans. In Chasing the American Dream, leading social scientists Mark Robert Rank, Thomas A. Hirschl, and Kirk A. Foster provide a new and innovative look into a curious dynamic -- the tension between the promise of economic opportunities and rewards and the amount of turmoil that Americans encounter in their quest for those rewards. The authors explore questions such as: -What percentage of Americans achieve affluence, and how much income mobility do we actually have? -Are most Americans able to own a home, and at what age? -How is it that nearly 80 percent of us will experience significant economic insecurity at some point between ages 25 and 60? -How can access to the American Dream be increased? Combining personal interviews with dozens of Americans and a longitudinal study covering 40 years of income data, the authors tell the story of the American Dream and reveal a number of surprises. The risk of economic vulnerability has increased substantially over the past four decades, and the American Dream is becoming harder to reach and harder to keep. Yet for most Americans, the Dream lies not in wealth, but in economic security, pursuing one's passions, and looking toward the future. Chasing the American Dream provides us with a new understanding into the dynamics that shape our fortunes and a deeper insight into the importance of the American Dream for the future of the country.
In this book the authors show that the risk of economic vulnerability has been increasing substantially over the past four decades, and argue that while not unattainable, the American Dream - as we currently define it - is becoming harder ...
Author: Mark Robert Rank, PhD
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Business & Economics
In this book the authors show that the risk of economic vulnerability has been increasing substantially over the past four decades, and argue that while not unattainable, the American Dream - as we currently define it - is becoming harder to reach and harder still to keep.
Chasing the American Dream provides an in-depth examination of the Polish American experience with sports: its impact upon their lives, the unprecedented economic and social opportunities it created, the enormous changes it brought to the ...
Author: Thomas M. Tarapacki
Category: Sports & Recreation
Chasing the American Dream provides an in-depth examination of the Polish American experience with sports: its impact upon their lives, the unprecedented economic and social opportunities it created, the enormous changes it brought to the Polish American community, and the athletes, coaches, and organizations involved. 350 Polish American athletes are noted from the worlds of baseball, football, hockey, basketball, track & field, boxing, wrestling, golf, swimming, bowling, auto racing, soccer and more. Included are some of the greatest figures in American sports such as Stan Ketchel, two-time middleweight boxing champion; Stella Walsh, a Polish-born Olympic sprinter; and Stan "The Man" Musial, one of baseball's all-time greats who played in 24 All-Star games and set numerous major league records. An appendix lists the National Polish American Sports Hall of Fame inductees along with summaries of their careers.
The editors draw together the assessments included in this book to prescribe a plan of action that lays out what must be done to make homeownership policy both effective and equitable.
Author: William M. Rohe
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Category: Social Science
Providing decent, safe, and affordable housing to low- and moderate-income families has been an important public policy goal for more than a century. In recent years there has been a clear shift of emphasis among policymakers from a focus on providing affordable rental units to providing affordable homeownership opportunities. Due in part to programs introduced by the Clinton and Bush administrations, the nation's homeownership rate is currently at an all-time high. Does a house become a home only when it comes with a deed attached? Is participation in the real-estate market a precondition to engaged citizenship or wealth creation? The real estate industry's marketing efforts and government policy initiatives might lead one to believe so. The shift in emphasis from rental subsidies to affordable homeownership opportunities has been justified in many ways. Claims for the benefits of homeownership have been largely accepted without close scrutiny. But is homeownership always beneficial for low-income Americans, or are its benefits undermined by the difficulties caused by unfavorable mortgage terms and by the poor condition or location of the homes bought? Chasing the American Dream provides a critical assessment of affordable homeownership policies and goals. Its contributors represent a variety of disciplinary perspectives and offer a thorough understanding of the economic, social, political, architectural, and cultural effects of homeownership programs, as well as their history. The editors draw together the assessments included in this book to prescribe a plan of action that lays out what must be done to make homeownership policy both effective and equitable.
Chasing the American Dream in China centers the stories of second-generation Chinese American professionals who "return" to their ancestral homeland to build careers.
Author: Leslie Kim Wang
Publisher: Asian American Studies Today
Category: Political Science
Chasing the American Dream in China centers the stories of second-generation Chinese American professionals who "return" to their ancestral homeland to build careers. This book highlights complex issues of ethnic identity and belonging faced by Chinese Americans in both the United States and China as they position themselves as indispensable economic bridges between the world's two greatest superpowers.
Their experiences, difficulties and hard encounters and how they overcame them are inspiring and could be used to guide how to proceed in life. This book describes one immigrant's four Ws: Who, When, Where, Why.
Author: Kosmas Geo Synadinos
I believe that most immigrants have unique and memorable stories to tell. Their experiences, difficulties and hard encounters and how they overcame them are inspiring and could be used to guide how to proceed in life. This book describes one immigrant's four Ws: Who, When, Where, Why.
But no one could have prepared him for the vast changes he was about to experience. One Way Out is one baby boomer's story of living through a time when America experienced tumultuous change.
Author: Jim Azzarelli
Category: Biography & Autobiography
As a young baby boomer, son of a World War II veteran, grandson of a Sicilian immigrant, and part of a successful family construction business, Jim Azzarelli's future looked bright indeed. But no one could have prepared him for the vast changes he was about to experience. "One Way Out" is one baby boomer's story of living through a time when America experienced tumultuous change. A third generation Italian-American, Azzarelli made it his mission to follow in his family's footsteps and make his own way in the construction business. But the political, social, and cultural upheaval of his generation would greatly impact his future. Azzarelli protested the Vietnam War and narrowly missed being drafted toward the end of the conflict. He bore witness to Woodstock, the Watergate scandal, the Civil Rights movement, and the death of John F. Kennedy. Yet despite such life-altering events, Azzarelli clung to the old world values of his grandfather and his father-the importance of hard work and putting family first. He founded his own construction business in Florida, married, and raised a family of four. Full of wit and wisdom, "One Way Out" brings to life the turbulence of a generation and reveals how one man learned that in planning for the future, one must always consider the past.
Ben's approach is both instructional and personal as he mentions works that he gained inspiration from. The book inspires and motivates others to chase the American Dream.
Author: Ben Amor
The Urban Shepherd He has come a long way both literally and figuratively from his days as a poor shepherd boy in North Africa, but Ben Amor is a symbol of what can happen when someone's American Dream comes true. The successful career man reinvented himself again after a dream in 1983 of children crying because they were dying of starvation. Unable to forget the sound, he founded Terra-Genesis Inc., a nonprofit agency that began as a way to try to end world hunger through technology. Ben worked 10 to 12 hours a day 6 days a week, donating his own savings and soliciting funds from others, allowing him to establish the Family Well-Being Center at the Government Hill Association in San Antonio, Texas. He also developed a comprehensive database used by lawyers, counselors, doctors, clergy and other nonprofit agencies that help the needy. Ben has his own experience with overcoming the odds, a journey he intimately describes in The Urban Shepherd. He shares his joys--and his sorrows--from humble beginnings working hard to survive in Tunisia, serving in the Tunisian Air Force, and moving to the United States to live. Through sharing his personal journey adjusting to a new culture, toxic relationships, professional and personal setbacks, and balancing school, work, and family life, Ben aims to empower readers to reach for their own version of the American Dream.
We still shared the same dream, the dream of striking oil, of living the American Dream—a dream of tomorrow being better than today. When tomorrow shows up, it always presents the same ... “How am I 33 Chasing American Dreams.
Author: Mahmudul Alam
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The world is enormous, entire 197 million square miles of it. However, it pales into insignificance when compared to the scale and complexity of the human brain, the human mind. The mind lives in the unlimited space of imagination and can move mountains, cause the skies to fall and earth to spin. What separates the mind is mans belief in separation but everything is from the same source and therefore, we are all connected. Individually, we all have our own roles to play that collectively keeps this planet spinning on its current axis. My mind, my imagination and my ideas are presented to you in the form of this book. My purpose is to share with you my aspirations and me ever present belief in the collective power of humanity. Fear strikes with a shaking hand But imaginations imagination is alive and ever present Blessing to us from Robert Frost and Edgar Allen Amongst many more The desire to write has taken place Writing a poem to humble me My shaking hand but I will not give up I will dedicate this These words are meant to be A sharing of my respect and gratitude To all writers and poets Who will not give up? Mahmudul Alam
But how much will it cost?Chasing the American Dream captures David's quest for justice against those who committed crimes against humanity during World War II. To his horror, it transforms into a fight with the U.S. government who ...
After talking to my cousins and my brother, who were living in the US, the American dream seemed to be the solution to our financial distress. Our journey in the US was never easy; there were many life-changing events.
Author: Omar Raihanoune
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Category: Biography & Autobiography
In Morocco, we had a decent life as a couple, but as soon as we had our first child, we realized that we needed something more to support our family’s needs. After talking to my cousins and my brother, who were living in the US, the American dream seemed to be the solution to our financial distress. Our journey in the US was never easy; there were many life-changing events. And although each one left a deep scar, in the end, we were better for it. Each one of those challenges thickened our skin and made us less vulnerable to face the next one. With each and every milestone and graduation of our kids, we confirmed that immigrating to the US was never a mistake. After twenty years of thinking we were chasing the American dream, we found out that we just had to look deep inside of each one of us to bring it to life. The American dream does not define who we are; we define ourselves by setting up what kind of dream we choose, and we start a journey chasing it.
He tells the story of the humble origins, explosive growth, and gradual, sad decline of the diner, bowling alley, and trailer park in expert fashion. This is cultural and social history that knows how to entertain.
Author: Andrew Hurley
Publisher: Basic Books
The years immediately following the Second World War witnessed a dramatic transformation of America's working-class suburbs, driven by an unprecedented post-war prosperity and a burgeoning consumer culture. Chrome and neon were the new currency in this newly vital consumer culture, and no post-war consumer products trafficked more heavily in this currency than diners, bowling alleys, and trailer parks. Through these three distinctively American institutions, Andrew Hurley examines the struggle of Americans with modest means to attain the good life after two long decades of depression and war. He tells the story of the humble origins, explosive growth, and gradual, sad decline of the diner, bowling alley, and trailer park in expert fashion. This is cultural and social history that knows how to entertain.