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America's demographic tapestry : baseline for the new millennium
Hughes, James W.
Publication Information:
New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
vii, 228 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Introduction: the demographic trajectory and public policy / James W. Hughes and Joseph J. Seneca -- pt. 1. The baselines of demographic change and the broad policy framework. America's changing demographic tapestry / Martha Farnsworth Riche and Judith Waldrop ; Family politics and demographic realities / Peter A. Morrison -- pt. 2. Global demographics: ramifications. The global population outlook / Charles F. Westoff ; Population growth: the complicating element / Jane S. De Lung -- pt. 3. People on the move: immigration and migration. The challenge of illegal immigration / Thomas J. Espenshade ; Immigration and demographic Balkanization: toward one America or two? / William H. Frey -- pt. 4. Demographics, income, and economic mobility. How big is the income dilemma? / Frank Levy ; Upward mobility in space and time: lessons from immigration / Dowell Myers -- Pt. 5. The great American family dilemma. Balancing act: if you've got the money, honey, I've got the time / Daphne Spain ; American family decline: public policy considerations / David Popenoe -- pt. 6. America in transition. Separate and not equal: America's diversity crisis / Edward Blakely ; Baby boom retirement crisis: myth or reality? / Richard C. Leone.

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Beneath the surface of public-policy concerns that seem temporary are powerful evolutionary forces with long-term effects. One of the most important of these is the profound demographic change taking place in America-change which has extraordinary social and economic consequences, and far-reaching public-policy implications for the future of the nation.

James W. Hughes and Joseph J. Seneca have assembled experts on demography, immigration, policy, and family life to explain and document both changes and prospects for changes. Contributors profile the contours of demographic change in America and identify select public-policy challenges arising from this change. They cover a wide range of demographic shifts-"baby booms" and "baby busts," rising immigration, increasing ethnic and racial diversity, the proliferation of different household configurations, economic upward mobility that stems from the information-age rather than the industrial economy, and suburban and sunbelt gains.

Author Notes

James W. Hughes is dean of the Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
Joseph J. Seneca is the Rutgers University Vice President for Academic Affairs.

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Growing from a year-long public policy forum held at Rutgers University that involved 12 prominent demographers, this readable volume is divided into six parts. These sections treat baselines of demographic change; global demographics; immigration and migration; economic issues; the American family dilemma; and America in transition. In the introduction the editors discuss diversities based on age, race, and ethnicity; segmentation from household composition and socioeconomic factors; and variations stemming from geography. In a chapter on legal and illegal immigration, a contributor points out that the population outside the US wishing to gain access to US labor markets and social amenities is larger than ever. These immigrants, and those already in the US, ensure "an emergent multiculturalism" expressed in Balkanization, as immigrant concentrations become the norm. Other scholars have already concluded that the melting pot does not exist and refer to these concentrations as ethnic enclaves. The last two chapters consider ethnic diversity, poverty, and crime in the US and the baby boom retirement crisis. All levels. B. M. du Toit; University of Florida

Table of Contents

James W. Hughes and Joseph J. SenecaMartha Farnsworth Riche and Judith WaldropPeter A. MorrisonCharles F. WestoffJane S. De LungThomas J. EspenshadeWilliam H. FreyFrank LevyDowell MyersDaphne SpainDavid PopenoeEdward BlakelyRichard C. Leone
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: The Demographic Trajectory and Public Policyp. 1
Part I The Baselines of Demographic Change and the Broad Policy Framework
1 America's Changing Demographic Tapestryp. 21
2 Family Policies and Demographic Realitiesp. 34
Part II Global Demographics: Ramifications
3 The Global Population Outlookp. 43
4 Population Growth: The Complicating Elementp. 50
Part III People on the Move: Immigration and Migration
5 The Challenge of Illegal Immigrationp. 61
6 Immigration and Demographic Balkanization: Toward One America or Two?p. 78
Part IV Demographics, Income, and Economic Mobility
7 How Big Is the Income Dilemma?p. 101
8 Upward Mobility in Space and Time: Lessons from Immigrationp. 135
Part V The Great American Family Dilemma
9 Balancing Act: If You've Got the Money, Honey, I've Got the Timep. 161
10 American Family Decline: Public Policy Considerationsp. 173
Part VI America in Transition
11 Separate and Not Equal: America's Diversity Crisisp. 187
12 Baby Boom Retirement Crisis: Myth or Reality?p. 203
About the Contributorsp. 219
Indexp. 223