Google full text of our books:


Our Compelling Interests:
The Value of Diversity for Democracy and a Prosperous Society
Edited by Earl Lewis & Nancy Cantor

Paperback | 2017 | $19.95 | £14.95 | ISBN: 9780691178837
288 pp. | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Hardcover | 2016 | $27.95 | £22.95 | ISBN: 9780691170480
288 pp. | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | 19 line illus. 1 table.
Add to Shopping Cart

eBook | ISBN: 9781400881260 |
Our eBook editions are available from these online vendors

Reviews | Table of Contents

Our Compelling Interests website

It is clear that in our society today, issues of diversity and social connectedness remain deeply unresolved and can lead to crisis and instability. The major demographic changes taking place in America make discussions about such issues all the more imperative. Our Compelling Interests engages this conversation and demonstrates that diversity is an essential strength that gives nations a competitive edge. This inaugural volume of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Our Compelling Interests series illustrates that a diverse population offers our communities a prescription for thriving now and in the future.

This landmark essay collection begins with a powerful introduction situating the demographic transitions reshaping American life, and the contributors present a broad-ranging look at the value of diversity to democracy and civil society. They explore the paradoxes of diversity and inequality in the fifty years following the civil rights legislation of the 1960s, and they review the ideals that have governed our thinking about social cohesion—such as assimilation, integration, and multiculturalism—before delving into the new ideal of social connectedness. The book also examines the demographics of the American labor force and its implications for college enrollment, graduation, the ability to secure a job, business outcomes, and the economy. Contributors include Danielle Allen, Nancy Cantor, Anthony Carnevale, William Frey, Earl Lewis, Nicole Smith, Thomas Sugrue, and Marta Tienda. Commentary is provided by Kwame Anthony Appiah, Patricia Gurin, Ira Katznelson, and Marta Tienda.

At a time when American society is swiftly being transformed, Our Compelling Interests sheds light on how our differences will only become more critical to our collective success.

Earl Lewis is president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. His books include Love on Trial and Defending Diversity. Lewis was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008. Nancy Cantor is chancellor of Rutgers University–Newark. Her books include Personality and Social Intelligence and Personality, Cognition, and Social Interaction. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and to the National Academy of Medicine in 2000.


"For a collection of essays, the book is well organized and unusually coherent. Each of the essays makes important contributions to what is likely among the most important challenges the US will face in the twenty-first century. Though balanced, the overall tone is optimistic."--Choice


"Lewis and Cantor have assembled a remarkable slate of top-tier talents to offer insights on a topic of utmost significance--the fact and value of diversity in a twenty-first-century world. Making it clear that a demographic revolution is upon us, this illuminating and riveting book offers new ways of seeing and thriving in a world hurtling toward the future."--Henry Louis Gates Jr., Harvard University

"The United States is irrevocably becoming more diverse from racial, ethnic, religious, language, intermarriage, and country-of-origin perspectives. In what ways is this growing diversity a strategic advantage for the country? Our Compelling Interests contains essays prepared by leading scholars who have done fundamental research on the value of diversity for a more democratic and prosperous society. Whether optimistic or pessimistic, the contributions in this book are a must-read and raise issues that we all need to confront honestly and aggressively."--Paul L. Joskow, president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

"Our nation's unofficial motto is e pluribus unum--out of many, one. America's diversity has enriched our economy, culture, and well-being, making the United States strong and dynamic. However, as America grows even more diverse, tensions have grown too. In light of this troubling trend, we are in dire need of thoughtful commentary and objective research that cuts across the rhetoric. Our Compelling Interests does exactly that. Presenting the value of diversity for our society in a measured, thought-provoking way, this excellent work should be widely read."--Vartan Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York

More Endorsements

Table of Contents

Another Princeton book authored or coauthored by Earl Lewis:

Another Princeton book authored or coauthored by Nancy Cantor:


Subject Areas:

Shopping Cart options:

  • For ebooks:

Our eBook editions are available
from these online vendors:

  • Amazon Kindle Store
  • Apple iBooks
  • Barnes & Noble Nook Store
  • Google Play eBook Store
  • Kobo eBook Store
  • Many of our ebooks are available through
    library electronic resources including these platforms:

  • Books at JSTOR
  • Dawsonera (UK)
  • DeGruyter Online
  • EBSCO Ebooks
  • Project Muse
  • ProQuest Ebook Central

    • For hardcover/paperback orders in United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, and Australia

     Paperback : $19.95 ISBN: 9780691178837

    Add to shopping cart

     Hardcover : $27.95 ISBN: 9780691170480

    Add to shopping cart
    View contents of your shopping cart

    • For hardcover/paperback orders in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India, and Pakistan

     Hardcover  £22.95 ISBN: 9780691170480

    Add to shopping cart

     Paperback  £14.95 ISBN: 9780691178837

    Add to shopping cart
    View contents of your shopping cart

    Prices subject to change without notice

    File created: 9/19/2017

    Questions and comments to:
    Princeton University Press

    New Book E-mails
    New In Print
    PUP Blog
    Princeton APPS
    Sample Chapters
    Princeton Legacy Library
    Exam/Desk Copy
    Recent Awards
    Princeton Shorts
    Freshman Reading
    PUP Europe
    About Us
    Contact Us
    PUP Home

    Bookmark and Share 
    Send me emails
    about new books in:
    Political Science And International Relations
    American History
    More Choices