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Gans, Herbert J.

Overview
Works: 153 works in 599 publications in 6 languages and 19,618 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  Conference papers and proceedings  Forecasts  Fiction  Abstracts 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Commentator
Classifications: HN80.B7, 309.173092
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Democracy and the news by Herbert J Gans( )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 2,184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Building on his 1979 classic, Deciding What's News, Herbert Gans shows how the role of the contemporary journalist has shrunk. Increased profit-seeking by news firms and media conglomerates have resulted in the downsizing of journalists, while an apparent shrinkage of audience interest in the news has led to a declining news audience. Gans argues that the news media also suffers from assembly-line modes of production and other ills, with one major product being excessive publicity for the president and other public officials, the very people citizens most distrust. In such an environment, investigative journalism and critical news analysis - which citizens could use to make intelligent choices on issues that concern them - cannot flourish. But Gans makes several incisive suggestions about what the news media can do to enable citizens to better understand today's America, and what political and economic changes might move us closer to a true citizens' democracy."--Jacket
The urban villagers : group and class in the life of Italian-Americans by Herbert J Gans( Book )

62 editions published between 1962 and 1982 in English and held by 2,146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Deciding what's news : a study of CBS evening news, NBC nightly news, Newsweek, and Time by Herbert J Gans( Book )

48 editions published between 1979 and 2005 in English and held by 2,077 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Herbert J. Gans is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University."--Jacket
The Levittowners : ways of life and politics in a new suburban community by Herbert J Gans( Book )

61 editions published between 1967 and 2018 in English and held by 1,887 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a study of a single new suburb, Levittown, New Jersey, in which the author lived as a 'participant observer' for the first two years of its existence to find out how a new community comes into being, how people change when they leave the city, and how they live and politic in suburbia. (Adapté du résumé de l'éditeur)
Popular culture and high culture; an analysis and evaluation of taste by Herbert J Gans( Book )

43 editions published between 1974 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 1,782 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this revised and updated edition, Herbert Gans extends his classic study of the roles popular culture and high culture play in American society. Gans argues in favor of all peoples' right to the culture they choose. He also looks at "dumbing down" and other examples of the new mass culture critique and lays out changes in America's taste cultures. Gans has added a new introduction and new postscripts to each chapter updating the original analysis to incorporate recent trends. The book concludes with a concerned discussion of the fate of marginal, deviant and innovative cultures in a society in which increasing inequality makes it harder to pursue the cultural aspects of the American dream."--Jacket
The war against the poor : the underclass and antipoverty policy by Herbert J Gans( Book )

17 editions published between 1995 and 2006 in English and held by 1,441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For most of its history, America has been fighting a vicious war that cannot be won: a war against its poor. Herbert J. Gans argues that by withholding the opportunity for decent jobs and incomes, we are also killing the spirit of an already large portion of the population. And, he warns, as more well-paying and secure jobs disappear from the American economy, a growing number of workers will join its ranks. The book ends with an imaginative set of economic policy ideas for a twenty-first-century America that may never again be able to supply enough decent jobs for everyone
Imagining America in 2033 : how the country put itself together after Bush by Herbert J Gans( )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At the heart of Herbert J. Gans's utopian narrative is the vision of progress with fairness on which the best of American idealism has been built. Part utopia, part realism, Imagining America in 2033 is also a liberal's dream of life after Bush and a set of progressive yet practical guidelines for restoring sanity and intelligence to nearly every aspect of public and political life post-Bush." "Herbert J. Gans, one of the most influential and prolific sociologists and social commentators of our time, achieves a realistic utopia set mostly in the second and third decades of the century. In Gans's imagined future, elected officials, policymakers, activists, and citizens have transformed America into a much more humane and effective democracy. The book features three Democratic presidents; the major new domestic, foreign, and social policies their administrations pursue; and the political battles they fight." "Imagining America in 2033 is lively and accessible, with an appeal for general readers, policy hounds, and the politically savvy alike."--BOOK JACKET
People and plans; essays on urban problems and solutions by Herbert J Gans( Book )

31 editions published between 1968 and 1977 in English and held by 1,156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Middle American individualism : the future of liberal democracy by Herbert J Gans( Book )

15 editions published between 1988 and 1991 in English and held by 1,042 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More equality by Herbert J Gans( Book )

15 editions published between 1968 and 1974 in English and Undetermined and held by 929 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For more than thirty years, Kevin Phillips' insight into American politics and economics has helped to make history as well as record it. Now he turns his attention to the United States' history of great wealth and power, a sweeping cavalcade from the American Revolution to what he calls "the Second Gilded Age" at the turn of the twenty-first century." "The Second Gilded Age has been staggering enough in its concentration of wealth to dwarf the original Gilded Age a hundred years earlier. However, the tech crash and then the horrible events of September 11, 2001, pointed out that great riches are as vulnerable as they have ever been. In Wealth and Democracy, Kevin Phillips charts the ongoing American saga of great wealth - how it has been accumulated, its shifting sources, and its ups and downs over more than two centuries. He explores how the rich and politically powerful have frequently worked together to create or perpetuate privilege, often at the expense of the national interest and usually at the expense of the middle and lower classes."--Jacket
On the making of Americans : essays in honor of David Riesman( Book )

7 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 873 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

People, plans, and policies : essays on poverty, racism, and other national urban problems by Herbert J Gans( Book )

14 editions published between 1991 and 2010 in English and held by 649 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The primary theme of this collection of essays is that the cities' basic problems are poverty and racism and until these concerns are addressed by bringing about racial equality, creating jobs, and instituting other reforms, the generally low quality of urban life will persist." "Gans argues that the individual must work to alter society. He believes that not only must parents have jobs to improve their children's school performance, but that the country needs a modernized 'New Deal', a more labor-intensive economy, and a thirty-two hour work week to achieve full employment. Other controversial ideas presented in this book include Gans's opposition to the whole notion of an underclass, which he feels is the latest way for the nonpoor to unjustly label the poor as undeserving. He also believes that poverty continues to plague society because it is often useful to the nonpoor. He is critical of architecture that aims above all to be aesthetic or to make philosophical statements[,] is doubtful that planners can or should try to reform our social or personal lives[,] and thinks we should concentrate on achieving individual public policies until we learn how to properly plan as a society."--BOOK JACKET
Sociology in America by Herbert J Gans( Book )

11 editions published between 1990 and 1999 in English and held by 477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Democracy and the news by Herbert J Gans( )

24 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American democracy was founded on the belief that ultimate power rests in an informed citizenry. But that belief appears naive in an era when private corporations manipulate public policy and the individual citizen is dwarfed by agencies, special interest groups and other organizations that have a firm grasp on real political and economic power. In this text, Herbert Gans explores the crucial link between a weakened news media and weakened democracy. Building on his 1979 media critique "Deciding What's News", he shows how, with the advent of cable news networks, the Internet and a proliferation of other sources, the role of contemporary journalists has shrunk, as the audience for news moves away from major print and electronic media to smaller and smaller outlets. Gans argues that journalism also suffers from assembly-line modes of production, with the major product being publicity for the president and other top political officials, the very people citizens most distrust
Making sense of America : sociological analyses and essays by Herbert J Gans( Book )

9 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of the work of Herbert J. Gans, one of the leading sociologists in the USA. His writings on urban problems, social policy, and American culture have been influential in shaping policies in Washington
Sociology and social policy : essays on community, economy, and society by Herbert J Gans( Book )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2018 in English and Italian and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of recent essays by the influential sociologist Herbert J. Gans brings together the many themes of Gans's wide-ranging career to make the case for a policy-oriented vision for sociology. Sociology and Social Policy presents a range of studies from across Gans's areas of interest--the city, poverty, ethnicity, employment and political economy, and the relationship between race and class--that together make a powerful call to action."--Page 4 of cover
Die Levittowner : Soziographie einer "Schlafstadt" by Herbert J Gans( Book )

13 editions published between 1967 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The city in crisis by Ralph Ellison( Book )

9 editions published between 1966 and 1970 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recreation planning for leisure behavior : a goal-oriented approach by Herbert J Gans( )

15 editions published between 1957 and 1981 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Popular Culture and High Culture : an Analysis and Evaluation Of Taste (Revised And Updated) by Herbert J Gans( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this brilliantly conceived and clearly argued discussion of the relationship between high and popular culture, Herbert Gans, outspoken advocate of cultural pluralism, questions the universality of high culture standards
 
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The urban villagers : group and class in the life of Italian-AmericansDeciding what's news : a study of CBS evening news, NBC nightly news, Newsweek, and TimePopular culture and high culture; an analysis and evaluation of tasteThe war against the poor : the underclass and antipoverty policyImagining America in 2033 : how the country put itself together after BushMiddle American individualism : the future of liberal democracyPeople, plans, and policies : essays on poverty, racism, and other national urban problemsSociology in America
Alternative Names
Gans, Herbert.

Gans, Herbert J.

Gans, Herbert Julius

Gans, Herbert Julius 1927-

Herbert Gans sociologo tedesco

Herbert J. Gans Duits socioloog

Herbert J. Gans sociòleg estatunidenc

Herbert J. Gans sociólogo estadounidense

Herbert J. Gans sociologue américain

Herbert J. Gans tysk professor

Herbert J. Gans US-amerikanischer Soziologe

Герберт Дж. Ганс

갠스, 허버트 J. 1927-

갠즈, 허버트 1927-

ガンズ, ハーバート

ガンズ, ハーバート・J

ハーバート・J・ガンズ

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