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Social Inequality and Social Stratification in US Society

By Christopher B. Doob

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jan 5, 2012

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Social Inequality — examining our present while understanding our past
 
Social Inequality and Social Statification in US Society, 1/e includes three core tools (historical scope, qualitative data, and a conceptual framework) to explain social stratification and social inequality.
 
The historical scope gives context to each issue discussed, and allows the reader to understand how each topic has evolved over the course of American history. Qualitative data helps explain socioeconomic issues and connects related topics. A conceptual framework serves to analyze the impact of capital types throughout the text, and map the prospects for individuals, families, and classes to maintain or alter their position in social-stratification systems. Additional theories and concepts help to further analyze topics throughout the text.

 

Learning Goals
Upon completing this book, readers should be able to:

  • Analyze the four major American classes, as well as how race and gender link to inequalities in the United States
  • Understand attempts to reduce social inequality
  • Identify major historical events that have influenced current trends
  • Understand how qualitative sources help reveal the inner workings that accompany people’s struggles with the socioeconomic order, which are particularly helpful in displaying the complexity of intersectionality
  • Recognize impacts on individuals, families, and also classes to maintain or alter their position in social-stratification systems

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Table of Contents

1) Brief Table of Contents

2) Full Table of Contents

 

Chapter 1: The Road to Social Inequality: A Conceptual Introduction

Chapter 2: In Marx's Wake: Theories of Social Stratification and Social Inequality

Chapter 3: Repeat Performance: Globalization Through Time and Space

Chapter 4: Foundation for Social Inequality: Concepts and Structures

Chapter 5: Heading the Hierarchy: Upper Class or Superclass?

Chapter 6: The Badly Besieged Middle Class

Chapter 7: Working Class: Estranged from Entitlement

Chapter 8: American Poverty: The Dream Turned Nightmare

Chapter 9: Racism: A Persistent American Presence

Chapter 10: Women's Oppression: Sexism and Intersectionality

Chapter 11: Astride with the Best and the Wisest

 


2) Full Table of Contents

 

Part 1: The Foundation of Social Stratification and Social Inequality

 

Chapter 1: The Road to Social Inequality: A Conceptual Introduction

The Rise of the Global Economy

The Conceptual Skeleton: Social Reproduction and the Impact of Capital Types

Forms of Capital

Social Reproduction and Schooling

Conclusion

 

Chapter 2: In Marx's Wake: Theories of Social Stratification and Social Inequality

The Davis-Moore Theory of Social Stratification

Marxist Theory of Capitalism and Social Stratification

The Economic Structure of Marxist Theory

Marx's Capitalist Class System

Marx on Revolution and Its Aftermath

Commentary

The Marxist Impact Illustrated: Three Social-Stratification Theories

Weber's Theory of Class, Status, and Party

Wright's Perspective on Class

Perrucci and Wysong's Theory of Class

The Power-Elite Theories

Mills's Power-Elite Perspective

Domhoff's Theory of the Upper-Class-Centered Corporate Community

Dye's Theory of the Institutional Elite

Conclusion

 

Chapter 3: Repeat Performance: Globalization Through Time and Space

The Rise and Fall of World Systems

Conditions in the Development of World Systems

Social Stratification and Social Inequality in the Global Setting

The Global Spectrum: From the Very Rich to the Very Poor

Three Semiperipheral Locations

Unions against Sweatshops

Squatter Communities: A Global Surge

Conclusion

 

Chapter 4: Foundation for Social Inequality: Concepts and Structures

On Your Own: Class, Ideology, and Social Mobility

Class in the United States

The American Ideology

Fixation on Social Mobility: Where Is the American Dream?

The Invisible Empire and Its Calculus of Control

The Elite Policy-Making Process

The Burgeoning Business of Lobbying

Campaign Giving

The Power of the Press

Public Policy

Conclusion

 

Part 2: Class, Race, and Gender

 

Chapter 5: Heading the Hierarchy: Upper Class or Superclass?

Getting Rich: From the High Seas to Hi Tech

The Early Years

From the Robber Baron Era to 1970

The Globalization Phase

The Old Rich versus the New Rich

Born to the Upper Class

Wealthy Families

Schooling for the Rich

Elite Social Clubs

Managing Upper-Class Wealth and Income

The American Corporate Leadership

The Superclass and the Power Elite

Conclusion

 

Chapter 6: The Badly Besieged Middle Class

The Emergence of the Middle Class

Industry's Impact on the Middle Class

The Two Middle Classes

Income and Jobs

Families and Education

The Ecology of Class

Establishment of the Middle-Class Life

Childhood

Schooling

Networking: It's Who You Know

The Lean, Mean Middle-Class Work Machine

Middle-Class Workforce Changes Involving Downsizing, Outsourcing, and Temp Work

The Middle-Class Struggle with Reemployment

The Middle Class's Slippery Slope for Making Ends Meet

Conclusion

 

Chapter 7: Working Class: Estranged from Entitlement

Working-Class History

The Union Response

An Overview of the Working Class

Working-Class Development

Childrearing

Schooling 

Community Ties

Working-Class Employment: Can the Dream Survive?

Working-Class Jobs Today

Blue-Collar Workers' Challenges

Conclusion

 

Chapter 8: American Poverty: The Dream Turned Nightmare

The American Poor through the Centuries

Governmental Efforts to Reduce Poverty

Who Is Poor?

The Pain of Family Poverty

Poor Children's Childcare and Schooling

Childcare in Poverty Areas

Poor Children's Education

Low-Income Communities and Their Social Capital

Poor People's Work

The Prospects of Low-Income Employment

Battling on Up?

The Welfare Reform Era

Running the TANF Gauntlet

Evaluation of Welfare Reform

Conclusion

 

Chapter 9: Racism: A Persistent American Presence

Passage to Racism

Who's White and Who's Not

Modern Racial Isolation and Oppression

The Varied Impact of Race on Families

The Influence of Race on Peer and Friendship Patterns

Minorities' Frequent Preference for Racially Homogenous Peers

Race, Schooling, and Academic Success

Direct Effects

Impact of Stereotype Threat

Collision of Mass Media and Race

Racial Minorities' Participation

Work and Racial Inequality: Contributing Factors

Disadvantaged Context: Minority-Group Members' Unrelenting Battle against Poverty

Stereotype Fallout and the Employment Process

Conclusion

 

Chapter 10: Women's Oppression: Sexism and Intersectionality

A History of Second-Class Citizenry

The Persistence of Sexism

The Family Impact

The Influence of Peers

Schools and the Gendered Hidden Curriculum

The Representation of Females in the Mass Media

Women in the Modem Work World

Sexism and Intersectionality: Prospects for a Double Negative

Intersectionality: Black and Hispanic Women

Intersectionality: Lesbians' Challenge for Equality

Intersectionality: Poor Immigrant Women

Intersectionality: Black Students in Special Education Programs

Conclusion

 

Part 3: Addressing Inequalities

 

Chapter 11: Astride with the Best and the Wisest

Contemplating Strategies for Change

Critical Arenas

The Schooling Revolution

The Revitalization of the Economy

Another Way

Conclusion

 

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