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Conley, Dalton 1969-

Works: 68 works in 317 publications in 1 language and 12,939 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Fiction  Juvenile works  Children's films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Commentator
Classifications: HQ536, 306.850973
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Most widely held works by Dalton Conley
The pecking order : which siblings succeed and why by Dalton Conley( Book )

9 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study of how American families create and mirror economic inequality reveals how specific factors such as genetics, birth order, gender, and race contribute to the successes and failures of children within a family
Elsewhere, U.S.A. by Dalton Conley( Book )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examining the dramatic changes that have occurred in American society over the past three decades, the author of The Pecking Order offers a thoughtful study of the new social realities of life, explaining how the social, economic, and technological transformation has reshaped individual lives
Honky by Dalton Conley( Book )

14 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 1,253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Being Black, living in the red : race, wealth, and social policy in America by Dalton Conley( Book )

13 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 989 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Forfatterens analyse viser at aktuelle uligheder pga race har deres rod i økonomiske uligheder
Social class : how does it work? by Annette Lareau( Book )

16 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

You may ask yourself : an introduction to thinking like a sociologist by Dalton Conley( Book )

14 editions published between 2008 and 2017 in English and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The "untextbook" that teaches students to think like a sociologist. You May Ask Yourself emphasizes the "big ideas" of the discipline, and encourages students to question what they've taken for granted most of their lives. Author Dalton Conley captures students with his conversational style, explaining complex concepts through personal examples and storytelling, and integrating coverage of social inequality throughout the textbook. His irreverent approach to textbook writing has won praise from students and instructors alike."--Publisher information
Wealth and poverty in America : a reader( Book )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Wealth and Poverty in America" is an accessible collection of over 20 important essays on the complex relationship between the rich and poor in the United States. It first presents classic and contemporary selections that form theories of where wealth comes from and why wealth tends to concentrate in the hands of the few. This set of readings deals with wealth at a more systematic, rather than individual, level. Next, the book deals with the question of why certain individuals - based on position in the economy, or accident of birth - can expect to have greater or lesser chances of being rich (or poor), and how inequality gets reproduced. It goes on to offer a series of the most important classic and contemporary readings that focus on the life of the upper class and the daily experience of being poor in America. The final section opens up the question of what is possible in terms of the distribution of material rewards in America
The genome factor : what the social genomics revolution reveals about ourselves, our history, and the future by Dalton Conley( Book )

9 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For a century, social scientists have avoided genetics like the plague. But in the past decade, a small but intrepid group of economists, political scientists, and sociologists have harnessed the genomics revolution to paint a more complete picture of human social life than ever before. The Genome Factor describes the latest astonishing discoveries being made at the scientific frontier where genomics and the social sciences intersect. The Genome Factor reveals that there are real genetic differences by racial ancestry--but ones that don't conform to what we call black, white, or Latino. Genes explain a significant share of who gets ahead in society and who does not, but instead of giving rise to a genotocracy, genes often act as engines of mobility that counter social disadvantage. An increasing number of us are marrying partners with similar education levels as ourselves, but genetically speaking, humans are mixing it up more than ever before with respect to mating and reproduction. These are just a few of the many findings presented in this illuminating and entertaining book, which also tackles controversial topics such as genetically personalized education and the future of reproduction in a world where more and more of us are taking advantage of cheap genotyping services like 23andMe to find out what our genes may hold in store for ourselves and our children. The Genome Factor shows how genomics is transforming the social sciences--and how social scientists are integrating both nature and nurture into a unified, comprehensive understanding of human behavior at both the individual and society-wide levels."--
The starting gate : birth weight and life chances by Dalton Conley( Book )

7 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seven percent of newborns in the United States weigh in at less than five and one half pounds. These "low birth weight" babies face challenges that others will never know--challenges that begin with a greater risk of infant mortality and extend well into adulthood in the form of health and developmental problems. Because low birth weight is often accompanied by social risk factors such as minority racial status, low education, young maternal age, and low income, the question of causes and consequences--of precisely how biological and social factors figure into this equation--becomes especially tricky to sort out. This is the question that The Starting Gate takes up, bringing a novel perspective to the nature-nurture debate by using the starting point of birth as a lens to examine biological and social inheritance. (Midwest)
After the bell : family background, public policy, and educational success by Dalton Conley( Book )

12 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since the publication of the Coleman report in the US many decades ago, it has been widely accepted that the evidence that schools are marginal in the grand scheme of academic achievement is conclusive. Despite this, educational policy across the world remains focused almost exclusively on schools. This volume focuses its searchlight on family background and its impact on educational success. That schools have an important role in education is beyond question, but this book demonstrates some of the crucial ways that non-school factors matter covering such themes as: the impact of fathers on educational success, socio-economic background and young children's education, and school-community relationships. With contributions from such figures as Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Doris Entwistle and Richard Arum, this book is an important contribution to a debate that has implications across the board in social sciences and policy-making. It will be required reading for students and academics within sociology, economics and education and should also find a place on the bookshelves of education policy-makers
The pecking order : a bold new look at how family and society determine who we become by Dalton Conley( Book )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We want to think of the family as a haven, a sheltered port from the maelstrom of social forces that rip through our lives. Within the family, we like to think, everyone starts out on equal footing. And yet we see around us evidence that siblings all too often diverge widely in social status, wealth, and education. We think these are aberrant cases - the president and the drug addict, the professor and the convict. Surely in most families, in our families, all children will succeed equally, and when they don't, we turn to one-dimensional answers to explain the discrepancy - birth order, for instance, or gender. In this groundbreaking book, Dalton Conley shows us that inequality in families is not the exception but the norm. More than half of all income inequality in this country occurs not between families but within families. Children who grow up in the same house can - and frequently do - wind up on opposite sides of the class divide. In fact, the family itself is where much inequality is fostered and developed. In each family, there exists a pecking order among siblings, a status hierarchy. This pecking order is not necessarily determined by the natural abilities of each individual, and not even by the intentions or will of the parents. It is determined by the larger social forces that envelop the family: gender expectations, the economic cost of education, divorce, early loss of a parent, geographic mobility, religious and sexual orientation, trauma, and even arbitrary factors such as luck and accidents. Conley explores each of these topics, giving us a richly nuanced understanding that transforms the way we should look at the family as an institution of care, support, and comfort. Drawing from the U.S. Census, from the General Social Survey conducted by the University of Chicago over the last thirty years, and from a landmark study that was launched in 1968 by the University of Michigan and that has been following five thousand families, Conley has irrefutable empirical evidence backing up his assertions. Enriched by countless anecdotes and stories garnered through years of interviews, this is a book that will forever alter our idea of family
Elsewhere, U.S.A. : how we got from the company man, family dinners, and the affluent society to the home office, Blackberry moms, and economic anxiety by Dalton Conley( Recording )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examining the dramatic changes that have occurred in American society over the past three decades, Conley offers a study of the new social realities of life explains how the social, economic, and technological transformation has reshaped individual lives
You may ask yourself : an introduction to thinking like a sociologist by Dalton Conley( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ups and downs( Visual )

2 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Since the 1950s when opportunity reached its peak, the gap between the "haves and have nots" has grown. This lesson looks at social stratification and the dimensions of social inequality that exist in the United States, as seen in the story of an immigrant from Eastern Europe who, along with her family, comes to the U.S. with virtually nothing, and eventually manages to open and operate a successful child care business."
The house we live in( Visual )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A three part series exploring the history of race perceptions and behaviors towards races in the United States, within the context of recent scientific discoveries which have toppled the concept of biological race. Episode three focuses on how institutions shape and create race, giving different groups vastly unequal life chances. After WWII, whiteness increasingly meant owning a home in the suburbs, aided by discriminatory federal policies. European "ethnics," blended in to reap the advantages of whiteness while African Americans and other nonwhites were locked out. Advances have been made since the Civil Rights Movement but the playing field is still not level
A pound of flesh or just proxy? : using twin differences to estimate the effect of birth weight on life chances by Dalton Conley( Book )

11 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recent research into the implications of low birth weight may be plagued by unobserved variable bias. It is unclear whether the later-life consequences found to be associated with low birth weight are a true effect of poundage' at birth, or whether this association results from underlying factors related to birth weight such as genetics, gestational age, pregnancy-related behavior, or prenatal environment. In this study, we employ twin comparisons to rule out such unobserved factors and to isolate more precise effects of birth weight on infant mortality. Using data from the 1995-1997 Matched Multiple Birth Database and deducing zygosity based on the sex ratio of twin births, we examine the effects of birth weight for both fraternal and identical twins on both neonatal and post-neonatal mortality. Results suggest that in the neonatal period, low birth weight may partially be acting as a proxy for underlying genetic conditions, but in the post-neonatal period birth weight per se increases the risk of mortality. Thus, it appears that after an initial weeding-out' period in which the more severe ailments associated with genetics may be behind birth weight effects, poundage' itself has a significant impact on life chances net of genes and other pregnancy-specific health or social conditions
Sibling similarity and difference in socioeconomic status : life course and family resource effects by Dalton Conley( Book )

12 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For decades, geneticists and social scientists have relied on sibling correlations as indicative of the effects of genes and environment on behavioral traits and socioeconomic outcomes. The current paper advances this line of inquiry by exploring sibling similarity across a variety of socioeconomic outcomes and by providing answers to two relatively under-examined questions: do siblings' socioeconomic statuses diverge or converge across the life course? And do siblings from demographic groups that putatively differ on the degree of opportunity they enjoy vary with respect to how similar they turn out? Findings inform theoretical debates over parental investment models, especially in relation to diverging opportunities and capital constraints, and life course status attainment models. We report three new findings. First, sibling resemblance in occupational prestige is explained almost entirely by shared education, and sibling resemblance in family income is explained almost entirely by the combination of shared education, occupational prestige, and earnings. This is contrasted to sibling resemblance in earnings and wealth, as siblings retain 60 percent of their resemblance in earnings once we control for education and occupational prestige, and siblings retain more than 30 percent of their resemblance in wealth once we control for all other socioeconomic outcomes. Second, across the life course, siblings converge in earnings and income and maintain stable correlations in education, occupational prestige, and wealth. Third, black siblings have significantly lower correlations on earnings and income than nonblack siblings overall, but black siblings dramatically converge in income across the life course -- in their twenties black siblings have a .181 correlation in income and above age 40 they have a .826 correlation in income -- suggesting almost complete social reproduction in income by the fifth decade of life for African Americans. This pattern does no
Gender, body mass, and economic status by Dalton Conley( Book )

10 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Previous research on the effect of body mass on economic outcomes has used a variety of methods to mitigate endogeneity bias. We extend this research by using an older sample of U.S. individuals from the PSID. This sample allows us to examine age-gender interactive effects. Through sibling-random and fixed effects models, we find that a one percent increase in a woman's body mass results in a .6 percentage point decrease in her family income and a .4 percentage point decrease in her occupational prestige measured 13 to 15 years later. Body mass is also associated with a reduction in a woman's likelihood of marriage, her spouse's occupational prestige, and her spouse's earnings. However, consistent with past research, men experience no negative effects of body mass on economic outcomes. Age splits show that it is among younger adults where BMI effects are most robust, lending support to the interpretation that it is BMI causing occupational outcomes and not the reverse
Parental educational investment and children's academic risk : estimates of the impact of sibship size and birth order from exogenous variation in fertility by Dalton Conley( Book )

11 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The stylized fact that individuals who come from families with more children are disadvantaged in the schooling process has been one of the most robust effects in human capital and stratification research over the last few decades. For example, Featherman and Hauser (1978: 242-243) estimate that each additional brother or sister costs respondents on the order of a fifth of a year of schooling. However, more recent analyses suggest that the detrimental effects of sibship size on children's educational achievement might be spurious. We extend these recent analyses of spuriousness versus causality using a different method and a different set of outcome measures. We suggest an instrumental variable approach to estimate the effect of sibship size on children's private school attendance and on their likelihood of being held back in school. Specifically, we deploy the sex-mix instrument used by Angrist and Evans (1998). Analyses of educational data from the 1990 PUMS five percent sample reveal that children from larger families are less likely to attend private school and are more likely to be held back in school. Our estimates are smaller than traditional OLS estimates, but are nevertheless greater than zero. Most interesting is the fact that the effect of sibship size is uniformly strongest for latter-born children and zero for first born children
Africa's lagging demographic transition : evidence from exogenous impacts of malaria ecology and agricultural technology by Dalton Conley( Book )

8 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Much of Africa has not yet gone through a "demographic transition" to reduced mortality and fertility rates. The fact that the continent's countries remain mired in a Malthusian crisis of high mortality, high fertility, and rapid population growth (with an accompanying state of chronic extreme poverty) has been attributed to many factors ranging from the status of women, pro-natalist policies, poverty itself, and social institutions. There remains, however, a large degree of uncertainty among demographers as to the relative importance of these factors on a comparative or historical basis. Moreover, econometric estimation is complicated by endogeneity among fertility and other variables of interest. We attempt to improve estimation (particularly of the effect of the child mortality variable) by deploying exogenous variation in the ecology of malaria transmission and in agricultural productivity through the staggered introduction of Green Revolution, high-yield seed varieties. Results show that child mortality (proxied by infant mortality) is by far the most important factor among those explaining aggregate total fertility rates, followed by farm productivity. Female literacy (or schooling) and aggregate income do not seem to matter as much, comparatively"--National Bureau of Economic Research web site
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The pecking order : which siblings succeed and why
Alternative Names
Conley, Dalton Clark.

Conley, Dalton Clark 1969-

Dalton Conley American sociologist

Dalton Conley sociólogo estadounidense

Dalton Conley US-amerikanischer Soziologe und Genetiker

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Elsewhere, U.S.A.HonkyBeing Black, living in the red : race, wealth, and social policy in AmericaSocial class : how does it work?You may ask yourself : an introduction to thinking like a sociologistWealth and poverty in America : a readerThe starting gate : birth weight and life chancesAfter the bell : family background, public policy, and educational success