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Wright, James D.

Works: 205 works in 512 publications in 1 language and 16,036 library holdings
Genres: Longitudinal studies  Encyclopedias  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Publishing director, Thesis advisor, Creator
Classifications: HV4505, 362.50973
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Most widely held works about James D Wright
Most widely held works by James D Wright
Covenant marriage : the movement to reclaim tradition in America by Steven L Nock( )

11 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 2,166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the publisher. Regardless how you interpret the statistics, the divorce rate in the United States is staggering. But, what if the government could change this? Would families be better off if new public policies made it more difficult for couples to separate? This book explores a movement that emerged over the past fifteen years, which aims to do just that. Guided by certain politicians and religious leaders who herald marriage as a solution to a range of longstanding social problems, a handful of state governments enacted "covenant marriage" laws, which require couples to choose between a conventional and a covenant marriage. While the familiar type of union requires little effort to enter and can be terminated by either party unilaterally, covenant marriage requires premarital counseling, an agreement bound by fault-based rules or lengthy waiting periods to exit, and a legal stipulation that divorce can be granted only after the couple has received counseling. Drawing on interviews with over 700 coupleshalf of whom have chosen covenant unionsthis book not only evaluates the viability of public policy in the intimate affairs of marriage, it also explores how growing public discourse is causing men and women to rethink the meaning of marriage
Handbook of survey research by Peter H Rossi( Book )

33 editions published between 1983 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Handbook of Survey Research, Second Edition, builds on its widely-recognized 1983 predecessor edited by Peter H. Rossi, James D. Wright, and Andy B. Anderson. Wright, together with Peter V. Marsden, assembled this edition. A new introductory chapter reviews the development of survey research, and highlights new directions and expansion of the field during the past quarter century. Subsequent chapters, all but two entirely new to this edition, provide comprehensive coverage of survey research methods." "Editors Marsden (Department of Sociology at Harvard University and a Co-Principal Investigator of the General Social Survey) and Wright (Department of Sociology at the University of Central Florida where he directs the Institute for Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the long-time editor of Elsevier's journal Social Science Research) significantly enlarged this edition to reflect the vast changes and growth in the survey research industry over the past three decades. In addition to updated material on central survey processes including sampling, measurement theory, and questionnaire construction, the new Edition includes new chapters on such topics as total survey error, ethical considerations in conducting surveys, power analysis, the psychology of survey response, specific survey modes (mail, telephone, Internet, and mixed-mode surveys), linking survey data to GIS and administrative data, cross-national and cross-cultural surveys, archiving and dissemination, and many others." "Comprehensiveness and depth of coverage distinguish the Handbook of Survey Research, Second Edition, from other texts. Timely and relevant, it includes emerging topics that are only now becoming highly salient within the industry. An authoritative reference book providing extensive coverage of the field, the Handbook is a vital resource for social scientists and students who conduct or plan to conduct survey research."--Jacket
Address unknown : the homeless in America by James D Wright( Book )

13 editions published between 1989 and 2017 in English and held by 1,157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Homelessness in America has grown from a minor problem in isolated areas of a few big cities into a near epidemic. Today, scarcely an American city of any appreciable size lacks homeless people. Homeless shelters and programs have become as essential and as commonplace as police protection or water ad sewage treatment. What to do for, with, or about the homeless is a nagging and complex social policy issue debated at all levels of government. This text emphasizes the large-scale and economic forces that have priced an increasingly large segment of the urban poor completely out of the housing market. Seen in this light, the problem of homelessness is that there are too many extremely poor people competing for too few affordable housing units. The nation would be facing an formidable homelessness problem even if there were no alcoholics, no drug addicts, no deinstitutionalized mental ill people-no personal pathologies of any kind. Rather than a choice, homelessness is the result of housing markets that have very little to offer to extremely poor people. This book is an investigative study into the nature and multiple causes of the problem which considers demographic, economic, sociological, and social policy antecedents of homelessness. A hallmark is the delineation of the range of factors involved, including deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill, urban renewal, the decrease in lower-skilled jobs, changing political priorities, and bureaucratic obstacles to proving existing social services to the homeless population"--Provided by publisher
Armed and considered dangerous : a survey of felons and their firearms by James D Wright( Book )

17 editions published between 1986 and 2017 in English and held by 1,016 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a book about "bad guys" and their guns. But Wright and Rossi contend that for every suspected criminal who owns and abuses a firearm, a hundred or more average citizens own guns for sport, for recreation, for self protection, and for other reasons generally regarded as appropriate or legitimate. Armed and Considered Dangerous is the most ambitious survey ever undertaken of criminal acquisition, possession, and use of guns
Under the gun : weapons, crime, and violence in America by James D Wright( Book )

8 editions published between 1983 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 951 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rev. ed. of: Weapons, crime, and violence in America. 1981
The armed criminal in America : a survey of incarcerated felons by James D Wright( )

4 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beside the golden door : policy, politics, and the homeless by James D Wright( Book )

7 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 671 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Written for the general public as well as for specialists, this volume details some of the numerous dimensions of the homelessness issue: the rise in poverty; the decline of low-income housing: problems in counting the homeless; the role of familial estrangement; mental illness; substance abuse; and health status and behaviors. The authors conclude with discussions of rural versus urban homelessness, street children in Latin America, and homelessness in postindustrial societies."--Jacket
The state of the masses by Richard F Hamilton( Book )

17 editions published between 1986 and 2017 in English and held by 641 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is the consciousness of Americans in the midst of dramatic transformation? Or do people think and feel much the same as they have always thought and felt? Do most people enjoy their work, or hate it? Is the American family being replaced by new institutional forms, or is it much the same as it was in the 1950's? Have material values been replaced by a "postmaterial consciousness" in a postindustrial society? Are Americans becoming more conservative, less conservative, or staying about the same? State of the Masses asks the important questions.Originally published in 1986, this prescient study evaluate the views of social critics, neo-conservatives, neo-Marxists, post-industrialists, and the theorists of the little man, who puport to describe the nature, social conditions, outlooks, and motivations of the American populace. The claims of one group are often diametrically opposed to those of another. The authors make the case for which claims can be considered true and which false. Hamilton and Wright analyze the contradictory claims and compares their implications with the best social science research and data available at that time. They also explore the implications for theories in light of the conflicting portrait the evidence provides. The authors conclude with a new perspective for understanding continuities and changes in the United States. This is a prescient view of American society during turmoil, and a model for how social science research can be used predictively
The dissent of the governed : alienation and democracy in America by James David Wright( Book )

13 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 623 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The greatest of evils : urban poverty and the American underclass by Joel A Devine( Book )

9 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The debate on persisting poverty in the United States, somewhat dampened for the past decade, has now been fully rekindled. Devine and Wright have entered that debate with an analysis that is both quantitative and qualitative, informed on the one side by urban ethnography and steeped in official statistics and relevant data on the other. The result is an incisive and cogently documented narrative account leading to policy recommendations for a new president and a new era. In The Greatest of Evils, Devine and Wright develop three principal themes. First they argue that poverty is by no means monolithic: each subgroup within the population in poverty tends to have different problems. Secondly, the so-called "underclass" within the poverty population represents a new and especially corrosive development, one that cannot be analyzed in traditional terms nor dealt with in traditions ways. Thirdly, the War on Poverty of the Sixties was not the unmitigated disaster that so many have come to believe, and offered a boldness of vision that today's poverty policies tend to lack. In exploring these themes, the authors show how the social and economic costs of poverty-related problems exceed what it will cost to find remedies that address the underlying causes of residual poverty
In the line of fire : youths, guns, and violence in urban America by Joseph F Sheley( Book )

6 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Violence committed by and against juveniles has come increasingly to define the public's image of the crime problem and the larger debate over anticrime policy. Though crime rates in most cities have been relatively stable for several years, homicide rates and gun-related assaults involving young males in those same cities have been growing rapidly. In the Line of Fire describes the most extensive study to date of the means and methods of gun-related violence among urban youth." "Focusing on the number and types of firearms juveniles possess as well as where, how, and why they acquire and carry guns, Sheley and Wright rely on data collected from male inmates in juvenile correctional facilities in four states and from male students in ten inner-city public high schools in those same states." "Their findings confirm the prevalence of firearms in these selected populations, but challenge a number of common stereotypes concerning gun possession and use by juveniles. Fear - rather than the needs of criminal activity, drug trafficking, and gang affiliation - motivates juveniles to arm themselves. The authors urge a policy aimed at reducing such motivation rather than attempting to remove guns from the hands of youth."--BOOK JACKET
Natural hazards and public choice : the state and local politics of hazard mitigation by Peter H Rossi( Book )

12 editions published between 1982 and 2014 in English and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Natural Hazards and Public Choice: The State and Local Politics of Hazard Mitigation presents a research project that emerged from a concern for estimating the balance of support versus opposition to prospective social policies that aim to reduce the risks of damage or injuries from major natural hazard events via the regulation of land use and establishment of building and occupancy standards in high-risk areas. The volume begins with an overview of the research project and the main findings. Separate chapters describe the study design; assess the views of politically influential people
Hard lives, mean streets : violence in the lives of homeless women by Jana L Jasinski( Book )

4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume offers an in-depth look into the lives of homeless women. Based on a study that included over 700 homeless women from Florida, the authors found a strong correlation of violent victimization and adult homelessness with patterns of childhood abuse (emotional, physical and, sexual). The findings of this study proved what those working with the homeless already knew: gender and violence play key roles in the lives of homeless women. The authors investigated how many homeless women had experienced violence in their lives, either as children or as adults, and then looked at factors associated with experiences of violence, the consequences of violence, and also the types of interactions these homeless women had with the justice system
Weapon-related victimization in selected inner-city high school samples by Joseph F Sheley( Book )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The armed criminal in America by James D Wright( )

2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Weapons, crime, and violence in America : executive summary by James D Wright( Book )

2 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

High school youths, weapons, and violence : a national survey by Joseph F Sheley( Book )

2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

International encyclopedia of the social & behavioral sciences by James D Wright( )

13 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Fully revised and updated, the second edition of the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, first published in 2001, offers a source of social and behavioral sciences reference material that is broader and deeper than any other. Available in both print and online editions, it comprises over 3,900 articles, commissioned by 71 Section Editors, and includes 90,000 bibliographic references as well as comprehensive name and subject indexes."--Publisher's website
A Florida state of mind : an unnatural history of America's weirdest state by James D Wright( Book )

4 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A witty history of the state that's always in the news, for everything from alligator attacks to zany crimes. There's an old clip of Bugs Bunny sawing the entire state of Florida off the continent, and every single time a news story springs up about some shenanigans in Florida, someone on the internet posts it in response. Why are we so ready to wave goodbye to the Sunshine State? In A Florida State of Mind: An Unnatural History of Our Weirdest State, James D. Wright makes the case that there are plenty of reasons to be scandalized by the land and its sometimes-kooky, sometimes-terrifying denizens, but there's also plenty of room for hilarity. Florida didn't just become weird; it's built that way. Uncharted swampland doesn't easily give way to sprawling suburbia. It took violent colonization, land scams to trick non-Floridians into buying undeveloped property, and the development of railroads to benefit one man's hotel empire. Even the most natural parts of Florida are unnatural. Florida citrus? Not from here, but from China. Gators? Oh, they're from Florida all right, but that doesn't make having 1 per every 20 humans normal. the form of roadkill? Only Florida allows you to keep anything you kill on the road (and anything you find). Yet everyone loves Florida: tourists come in droves, and people relocate to Florida constantly (only 36% of residents were born there). Crammed with unforgettable stories and facts, Florida will show readers exactly why
After the clean-up : long range effects of natural disasters by James D Wright( Book )

6 editions published between 1979 and 1993 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Beside the golden door : policy, politics, and the homeless
Handbook of survey researchAddress unknown : the homeless in AmericaArmed and considered dangerous : a survey of felons and their firearmsBeside the golden door : policy, politics, and the homelessThe state of the massesHard lives, mean streets : violence in the lives of homeless women
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