SMU Political Science Professor Cal Jillson
"I like to call
him because he often has time for actual conversations, which helps me learn more about an issue or issues and generally leads to broader
story themes and ideas for future stories."
"Cal has great knowledge of how we got to where we are. He understands how government and politics work, [and] he has great credibility
in analyzing a situation
and predicting what's likely to happen
and the implications of it for Joe Citizen."
Soaring gasoline prices, defaulting mortgages, outsourced jobs, skyrocketing college tuition and stagnant income growth have Americans anxious about the future. Has the American Dream -- the belief that anybody who works hard enough can move up the economic ladder -- become merely a talking point for politicians? How does a nation with increasing diversity and inequality keep the dream alive? Despite two long economic booms in the 1980s and 1990s, the dream has been fading for many Americans:
In Pursuing the American Dream: Opportunity and Exclusion Over Four Centuries (University Press of Kansas, 2004), Southern Methodist University Political Scientist Cal Jillson explores the origins of this cherished American ideal and the modern impediments to achieving it. With up-to-date studies showing how the dream has changed over time, Jillson recommends ways to keep it alive in the 21st century, among them:
Pursuing the American Dream is Jillson's sixth book. It can be ordered from the University Press of Kansas by phone at 785-864-4155 or from their Web site (www.kansaspress.ku.edu).
To learn more about what Jillson can talk about, call SMU News and Communications at 214-768-7650.
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