A user-friendly introduction to social inequality. This text is a broad introduction to the many types of inequality¿ economics, status, political power, sex and gender, sexual orientation, race, and ethnicity¿ in U.S. society and in a global setting. The author provides a wide range of explanations for inequality and, using the latest research on the multiple impacts of inequality, surveys in detail the personal and social consequences of social inequality.
- Upon completing this book, readers will be able to:
- Understand that inequality is multidimensional
- Understand that it is essential to understand the explanations of the various forms of inequality in order to further a resolution to any inequality¿s undesirable consequences
- Understand the discussion of inequality in its broader, historical cultural and international context
Table of Contents
In this Section: 1) Brief Table of Contents 2) Full Table of Contents 1) Brief Table of Contents Chapter 1: An Introduction to the Study of Social Inequality Chapter 2: Class, Income, and Wealth Chapter 3: Poverty and Welfare Chapter 4: Status Inequality Chapter 5: Political Inequality Chapter 6: Sex and Gender Inequality Chapter 7: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Inequality Chapter 8: Racial and Ethnic Inequality Chapter 9: Classical Explanations of Inequality Chapter 10: Contemporary Explanations of Inequality Chapter 11: The Impact of Inequality on Personal Life Chances Chapter 12: Social Consequences of Inequality Chapter 13: Social Inequality and Social Movements Chapter 14 Social Mobility and Status Attainment Chapter 15: Justice and Legitimacy: Assessments of the Structure of Inequality 2) Full Table of Contents Chapter 1: An Introduction to the Study of Social Inequality Some Controversial Issues of Substance Issues of Methodology Organization of the Book Part 1: Extent and Forms of Social Inequality Chapter 2: Class, Income, and Wealth The Everyday Reality of Class Two Views of U.S. Class Structure Technology and the Shaping of the U.S. Class Structure Income Inequality Is the Middle Class Shrinking? Wealth Inequality in the United States Confronting Economic Inequality The Global Context and the Impact of Globalization Chapter 3: Poverty and Welfare Historical Roots of U.S. Poverty Perspective Explanations and Racialization of Poverty and Welfare Cultural Values and the Poor Myths about the Poor Who Are the Poor? Flaws in Pre-1966 Assistance Programs Welfare Reform and Current Poverty Programs An Assessment of the Reform Act of 1996 U.S. Poverty and Welfare in Comparative Perspective Chapter 4: Status Inequality The Theory of Social Status Spheres of Status in the United States Inequality in Appalachia The Importance of Social Status in the Global Arena Chapter 5: Political Inequality Portraits of National Power Structure Distribution of Political Power Interlinkage of Economic and Political Power Ruling Class Unity Power Inequality in the Work Experience Power Inequality in a Global and Globalizing Context Chapter 6: Sex and Gender Inequality The Status of Women in the Early United States Balancing Work and Home Sex Segregation in Occupations Earnings and Gender Microinequities in the Treatment of Women General Theories of Sex and Gender Inequality The Global Context and the Impact of Globalization Chapter 7: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Inequality The Complexity of Sexuality and Gender Public Opinions on Homosexuality Gays and Lesbians as Status Groups Discrimination, Legal Confusion, and Sexual Orientation A Socioeconomic Profile of Lesbians and Gays Negative Consequences of Stigmatization Sexuality in the Global Context Chapter 8: Racial and Ethnic Inequality The Meaning and Creation of Race U.S. Racial and Ethnic Relations: A Historical Sketch Racial and Ethnic Inequality Today White Privilege and the Relational Nature of Racial Inequality Microinequities and Microaggressions against Racial and Ethnic Minorities The Intersection of Class, Race, Sex, and Gender Theories of Racial and Ethnic Inequality The Global Context, Immigration, and Globalization Part 2 General Explanations of Inequality Chapter 9: Classical Explanations of Inequality Karl Marx (1818-1883) Max Weber (1864-1920) Emile Durkheim (1858-1917) Herbert Spencer (1820-1903) Marx, Weber, and Globalization Chapter 10: Contemporary Explanations of Inequality Functionalist Theory of Stratification The Social Construction of Inequality Theories of Social Reproduction Labor Market