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The Great Demographic Illusion: Majority, Minority, and the Expanding American Mainstream

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Please view our conversation with the book author of The Great Demographic Illusion: Majority, Minority, and the Expanding American Mainstream.

Americans are under the spell of a distorted and polarizing story about their country’s future―the majority-minority narrative―which contends that inevitable demographic changes will create a society with a majority made up of minorities for the first time in the United States’s history. The Great Demographic Illusion reveals that this narrative obscures a more transformative development: the rising numbers of young Americans from ethno-racially mixed families, consisting of one white and one nonwhite parent. Examining the unprecedented significance of mixed parentage in the twenty-first-century United States, Richard Alba looks at how young Americans with this background will play pivotal roles in the country’s demographic future.

Book Authors:
Richard Alba is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Sociology at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

Discussant:
Susan K. Brown is Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine.

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Published: Sunday, April 18, 2021

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