Seeking the American Dream

A Sociological Inquiry

  • Robert C. Hauhart

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 275-283

About this book


Historically, the United States has been viewed by generations of immigrants as the land of opportunity, where through hard work one can prosper and make a better life. The American Dream is perhaps the United States’ most common export. For many Americans, though, questions remain about whether the American Dream can be achieved in the twenty-first century. Americans, faced with global competition and increased social complexity, wonder whether their dwindling natural resources, polarized national and local politics, and often unregulated capitalism can support the American Dream today. This book examines the ideas and experiences that have formed the American Dream, assesses its meaning for Americans, and evaluates its prospects for the future.


American Dream Social mobility Stratification Social classes Work Ethic Success Capitalism Community Achievement Pursuit of Happiness American exceptionalism

Authors and affiliations

  • Robert C. Hauhart
    • 1
  1. 1.Saint Martin’s UniversityLaceyUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-71213-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-54025-6
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