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    Inequality in Retrospect

    Christopher Jencks
    Inequality is a short book (192 pages of text) with quite limited objectives. It sought to show that equalizing opportunity, especially educational opportunity, would not do much to reduce economic inequality or alleviate poverty. Given the book's immodest title, however, many readers evidently expected something more than these negative findings. James Coleman and Stephan Michelson both fault the book for not having gone beyond its negative thesis to explicate the actual causes of income inequality. Philip Jackson rightly complains that the few pages we devote to defining the purposes of schooling are cursory and inadequate.

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    Spring 1973 Issue

    Abstracts

    Desegregating Urban Schools
    A Review of Techniques
    Gordon Foster
    Perspectives on Inequality
    Introduction
    After Apple-Picking
    Philip W. Jackson
    Forensic Social Science
    Alice M. Rivlin
    A Black Response to Christopher Jencks's Inequality and Certain Other Issues
    Ronald Edmonds, Andrew Billingsley, James Comer, James M. Dyer, William Hall, Robert Hill, Nan McGehee, Lawrence Reddick, Howard F. Taylor, Stephen Wright
    The Further Responsibility of Intellectuals
    Stephan Michelson
    Proving the Absence of Positive Associations
    Lester C. Thurow
    Social Policy, Power, and Social Science Research
    Kenneth B. Clark
    Comments on Inequality
    Beverly Duncan
    Equality of Opportunity and Equality of Results
    James S. Coleman
    Inequality in Retrospect
    Christopher Jencks
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