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Jencks, Christopher

Works: 113 works in 373 publications in 7 languages and 12,917 library holdings
Genres: History  Nonfiction television programs  Interviews  Documentary television programs  Abstracts 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: LA226, 370.1930973
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Most widely held works by Christopher Jencks
Inequality : a reassessment of the effect of family and schooling in America by Christopher Jencks( Book )

69 editions published between 1972 and 1983 in 5 languages and held by 2,231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Details the findings of a three-year study undertaken at the Center for Educational Policy Research on inequality in schooling in America and its relation to economic success
The Urban underclass by Christopher Jencks( Book )

16 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 2,033 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
The academic revolution by Christopher Jencks( Book )

51 editions published between 1968 and 2017 in English and held by 2,029 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Academic Revolution describes the rise to power of professional scholars and scientists, first in America's leading universities and now in the larger society as well. Without attempting a full-scale history of American higher education, it outlines a theory about its development and present status. It is illustrated with firsthand observations of a wide variety of colleges and universities the country over-colleges for the rich and colleges for the upwardly mobile; colleges for vocationally oriented men and colleges for intellectually and socially oriented women; colleges for Catholics and colleges for Protestants; colleges for blacks and colleges for rebellious whites. The authors also look at some of the revolution's consequences. They see it as intensifying conflict between young and old, and provoking young people raised in permissive, middle-class homes to attacks on the legitimacy of adult authority. In the process, the revolution subtly transformed the kinds of work to which talented young people aspire, contributing to the decline of entrepreneurship and the rise of professionalism. They conclude that mass higher education, for all its advantages, has had no measurable effect on the rate of social mobility or the degree of equality in American society. Jencks and Riesman are not nostalgic; their description of the nineteenth-century liberal arts colleges is corrosively critical. They maintain that American students know more than ever before, that their teachers are more competent and stimulating than in earlier times, and that the American system of higher education has brought the American people to an unprecedented level of academic competence. But while they regard the academic revolution as having been an historically necessary and progressive step, they argue that, like all revolutions, it can devour its children. For Jencks and Riesman, academic professionalism is an advance over amateur gentility, but they warn of its dangers and limitations: the elitism and arrogance implicit in meritocracy, the myopia that derives from a strictly academic view of human experience and understanding, the complacency that comes from making technical competence an end rather than a means."--Provided by publisher
The homeless by Christopher Jencks( Book )

25 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in English and Japanese and held by 1,887 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Late in the 1970s, Americans began to notice more people sleeping in public places and wandering the streets. By the late 1980s, the homeless were everywhere--a grim reminder of America's social and economic troubles. Renowned social analyst Jencks discusses the causes and extent of this problem and what can be done about it. Line illustrations and tables
The black-white test score gap by Christopher Jencks( Book )

16 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1,535 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
Rethinking social policy : race, poverty, and the underclass by Christopher Jencks( Book )

27 editions published between 1992 and 1999 in English and held by 1,423 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."
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 1,016 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on more than 11 surveys conducted over more than a decade, this book investigates the relationship between personal characteristics and economic success among American males aged 25 to 64. Responding to the controversy that followed the publication of "Inequality: a Reassessment of the Effect of Family and Schooling in America," this book concentrates on the determinants of individual success within the existing economic system, not with the determinants of the level of inequality. Focus is on four kinds of personal characteristics: family background, cognitive skills, personality traits, and years of schooling. Chapters discuss: the methods of research used to gather information; the effects of family background, academic ability, noncognitive traits, education, and race on earnings; who gets ahead; individual earnings and family income; the realm of variance among the surveys; the effects of research style; and results of the comparison of this report to the inequality report that preceded it. It is concluded that schooling has the greatest influence on a person's eventual status or earnings. Tables and figures offer statistical data gathered in the research such as subsamples from the 11 surveys, comparison on income and background, and family effects on test scores. Notes on each chapter are offered in conclusion along with an extensive bibliography and index. (Lc)
Chancengleichheit by Hellmut Becker( Book )

3 editions published in 1973 in German and held by 104 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 37 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 )

4 editions published between 1968 and 1970 in Spanish and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L inegalite : influence de la famille et de l ecole en amerique by Christopher Jencks( Book )

1 edition published in 1979 in French and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

NORC Amalgam Survey, December 1973 by James A Davis( )

2 editions published in 1984 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 17 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.:
Are schools worthwhile? by Christopher Jencks( Recording )

1 edition published in 1972 in English and held by 15 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
Do rising top incomes lift all boats? by Dan Andrews( )

2 editions published in 2010 in German and English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pooling data for 1905 to 2000, we find no systematic relationship between top income shares and economic growth in a panel of 12 developed nations observed for between 22 and 85 years. After 1960, however, a one percentage point rise in the top decile's income share is associated with a statistically significant 0.12 point rise in GDP growth during the following year. This relationship is not driven by changes in either educational attainment or top tax rates. If the increase in inequality is permanent, the increase in growth appears to be permanent. However, our estimates imply that it would take 13 years for the cumulative positive effect of faster growth on the mean income of the bottom nine deciles to offset the negative effect of reducing their share of total income. -- Inequality ; growth ; income distribution ; national income
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 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Effects of family background, test scores, personality traits, and education on economic success by Christopher Jencks( Book )

3 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ten surveys of American men aged 25-64 were analyzed to determine the effects of family background, adolescent personality traits, cognitive test scores, and years of schooling on occupational status and earnings in maturity. Some of the findings follow: Data on brothers indicated that prior research has underestimated the effect of family background on earnings. Adolescent test scores indicated that cognitive skills have a substantial effect on occupational status and earnings independent of background. Data on adolescent behavior indicated that personality traits may exert as much impact on economic success as cognitive skills. Controlling background and adolescent test scores indicated that less than half the observed association between years of schooling and earnings is causal. (The last third of this report covers the study's methodology. It examines the measures used regarding economic success, family background, test scores and years of schooling; describes the statistical methods; and pinpoints the reasons for differences between the nine principal samples. An appendix describing the samples used in this study is available as a separate document.) (em)
The academic revolution : [by] Christopher Jencks & David Riesman by Christopher Jencks( Book )

3 editions published between 1968 and 1969 in English and held by 7 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 7 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

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Alternative Names
Christopher Jencks científicu social estauxunidense

Christopher Jencks sociòleg estatunidenc

Christopher Jencks sociólogo estadounidense

Christopher Jencks sociologue américain

Jencks, Christopher Sandy

Jencks, Christopher Sandy 1936-


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