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Jencks, Christopher

Works: 87 works in 265 publications in 7 languages and 11,390 library holdings
Genres: History  Nonfiction television programs  Television interviews  Documentary television programs  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: LA226, 370.1930973
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Christopher Jencks
The academic revolution by Christopher Jencks( Book )

44 editions published between 1968 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 2,077 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The homeless by Christopher Jencks( Book )

22 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in English and Japanese and held by 1,971 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rethinking social policy : race, poverty, and the underclass by Christopher Jencks( Book )

24 editions published between 1992 and 1999 in English and held by 1,432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a fervent appeal for clearer thinking on social issues, Christopher Jencks reexamines the way Americans think about race, poverty, crime, heredity, welfare, and the underclass. Arguing that neither liberal nor conservative ideas about these issues withstand close scrutiny, he calls for less emphasis on political principles and more attention to specific programs. Jencks describes how welfare policy was dominated in the early 1980s by conservatives who promoted ideas that justified cutting back sharply on the social programs of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society. They believed that a period of sustained economic growth, with low taxes and free markets, would do more to help poor people than coddling them with government assistance. Despite the economic expansion of the later Reagan years, however, the problems of persistent poverty grew even more serious. With clarity and a gift for apt analogy, Jencks analyzes major books on such subjects as affirmative action (Thomas Sowell), the "safety net" (Charles Murray), the effects of heredity on learning and propensity to commit crime (James Q. Wilson and Richard Herrnstein), ghetto culture and the underclass (William J. Wilson). His intention throughout is "to unbundle the empirical and moral assumptions that traditional ideologies tie together, making the reader's picture of the world more complicated"--In other words, to force us (readers and policymakers) to look at the way various remedial plans actually succeed or fail. For example, he believes that until we transform AFDC so that it reinforces rather than subverts American ideals about work and marriage, efforts to build a humane welfare state will never succeed. Other prescriptions, initially surprising and sometimes shocking, show demonstrable good sense once they are examined. As the author says, "If this book encourages readers to think about social policy more concretely, it will have served its primary purpose."
The Urban underclass by Christopher Jencks( Book )

14 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many believe that the urban underclass in America is a large, rapidly increasing proportion of the population; that crime, teenage pregnancy, and high school dropout rates are escalating; and that welfare rolls are exploding. Yet none of these perceptions is accurate. Here, noted authorities, including William J. Wilson, attempt to separate the truth about poverty, social dislocation, and changes in American family life from the myths that have become part of contemporary folklore
Who gets ahead? : the determinants of economic success in America by Christopher Jencks( Book )

13 editions published between 1977 and 1979 in English and held by 1,094 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The black-white test score gap by Christopher Jencks( Book )

15 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1,063 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The test score gap between blacks and whites - on vocabulary, reading, and math tests, as well as on tests that claim to measure scholastic aptitude and intelligence - is large enough to have far-reaching social and economic consequences. In their introduction to this book, Christopher Jencks and Meredith Phillips argue that eliminating the disparity would dramatically reduce economic and educational inequality between blacks and whites. Indeed, they think that closing the gap would do more to promote racial equality than any other strategy now under serious discussion. The book offers a comprehensive look at the factors that contribute to the test score gap and discusses options for substantially reducing it."--Jacket
Inequality : a reassessment of the effect of family and schooling in America by Christopher Jencks( Book )

11 editions published between 1972 and 1979 in 3 languages and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chancengleichheit by Christopher Jencks( Book )

4 editions published in 1973 in German and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Can we all get along?( Visual )

2 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prompted by the events in Los Angeles following the Rodney King verdict, McNeil/Lehrer News Hour correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault conducted a series of interviews with community leaders, journalists, politicians, educators and other experts on race relations in America. They give their views on how and why racial tensions exist and continue to grow, and what steps we need to take to maintain a positive racial climate
La revolución académica by Christopher Jencks( Book )

5 editions published between 1968 and 1970 in Spanish and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Are schools worthwhile? by Christopher Jencks( Recording )

1 edition published in 1972 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr. Jencks claims that the quality of schools does not have much to do with the narrowing gap between rich and poor. Dr. Schwebel criticizes the study and conclusions of Dr. Jencks
Education and training programs and poverty : or, opening the black box by Nathan Glazer( Book )

2 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The American Negro college by Christopher Jencks( Book )

2 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studiebijeenkomst over "Inequality" van Chr. Jencks e.a. by U. de Jong( Book )

1 edition published in 1977 in Dutch and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The social consequences of growing up in a poor neighborhood : a review by Christopher Jencks( Book )

2 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

NORC Amalgam survey : December 1973( )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This data collection contains the results of a 1973 amalgam survey -- several individuals pooled resources to share the cost of launching it -- which was conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. In this survey, 1,489 individuals from across the United States responded to 125 questions on a wide variety of subjects, including political and social attitudes, political party preferences, and political and social participation. One section of the survey dealt with the importance of various aspects of the respondent's life (e.g., family, job, social activities, and local, state, and national affairs) and the respondent's opinion on the importance of such social issues as marijuana, poverty, rights of criminals, government's role, school integration, pornography, medical care, neighborhood integration, defense spending, income equalization, use of troops to contain communism, government help to Blacks, spying on radicals, inflation, and government spending. In addition, respondents commented on feelings of personal efficacy, feelings about groups, confidence in institutions, views of political party candidates, jury duty experience, attitudes toward retirement and death, and family relationships (in particular, an inquiry into the relationship between brothers). The collection also includes demographic data on the respondent and his or her family (including some information about male respondents' brothers), e.g., marital status, labor force status, occupation, prestige of occupation, vote in the presidential elections of 1968 and 1972, vote in local and state elections, political party affiliation, grandparent nativity, ethnicity, education, religion, respondent's family composition at age 15, number of members in current household, siblings of male respondent, age, sex, income, and race. In addition, the survey included a met... Cf.:
Has poverty really increased among children since 1970? by Susan E Mayer( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alternative Names
Christopher Jencks American sociologist

Jencks, Christopher 1947-

Jencks, Christopher Sandy 1936-


ジェンクス, C

ジェンクス, クリストファー

English (146)

Japanese (7)

Spanish (5)

German (4)

French (2)

Korean (1)

Dutch (1)

The homelessRethinking social policy : race, poverty, and the underclassThe Urban underclassThe black-white test score gap