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Social Inequality : Forms, Causes, and Consequences,9780205484362

Social Inequality : Forms, Causes, and Consequences

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9780205484362

ISBN10:
0205484360
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Pub. Date:
1/1/2007
Publisher(s):
Allyn & Bacon
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Summary

This text explores the pervasiveness of inequality in American society. Using both classical and contemporary explanations for inequality, it examines the effect of inequality on us individually and collectively and efforts to change the structure of inequality.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
1 An Introduction to the Study of Social Inequality 1(14)
Some Controversial Issues of Substance
3(6)
Issues of Methodology
9(2)
Organization of the Book
11(2)
Critical Thinking
13(1)
Web Connections
13(2)
PART ONE Extent and Forms of Social Inequality
2 Economic Inequality
15(30)
The Everyday Reality of Class
15(2)
Two Views of U.S. Class Structure
17(6)
Technology and the Shaping of the U.S. Class Structure
23(2)
Income Inequality
25(2)
Is the Middle Class Shrinking?
27(4)
Wealth Inequality in the United States
31(7)
The Global Context and the Impact of Globalization
38(5)
Summary
43(1)
Critical Thinking
43(1)
Web Connections
44(1)
3 Status Inequality
45(198)
The Theory of Social Status
46(4)
Spheres of Status in the United States
50(12)
Inequality in Appalachia
62(7)
Globalization and Axes of Social Status
69(1)
Summary
70(1)
Critical Thinking
70(1)
Web Connections
70(1)
4 Political Inequality
71(23)
Portraits of National Power Structure
71(5)
Distribution of Political Power
76(5)
Interlinkage of Economic and Political Power
81(3)
Ruling-Class Unity
84(3)
Power Inequality in the Work Experience
87(3)
Power Inequality in a Global and Globalizing Context
90(2)
Summary
92(1)
Critical Thinking
92(1)
Web Connections
93(1)
5 Sex and Gender Inequality
94(37)
The Status of Women in the Early United States
94(2)
Present Occupational and Economic Conditions for Women
96(10)
Microinequities in the Treatment of Women
106(3)
General Theories of Sex and Gender Inequality
109(14)
The Global Context and the Impact of Globalization
123(6)
Summary
129(1)
Critical Thinking
130(1)
Web Connections
130(1)
6 Sexual Orientation and Inequality
131(22)
The Complexity of Sexuality and Gender
132(1)
Public Opinions on Homosexuality
133(4)
Homosexuals as a Status Group
137(2)
Discrimination, Legal Confusion, and Sexual Orientation
139(4)
A Socioeconomic Profile of Homosexuals
143(5)
Negative Consequences of Stigmatization
148(2)
Globalization and Sexuality
150(1)
Summary
151(1)
Critical Thinking
152(1)
Web Connections
152(1)
7 Racial and Ethnic Inequality
153(36)
The Meaning and Creation of Race
153(2)
U.S. Racial and Ethnic Relations: An Historical Sketch
155(5)
Racial and Ethnic Inequality Today
160(6)
Microinequities in the Treatment of Racial and Ethnic Minorities
166(1)
The Intersection of Class, Race, Sex, and Gender
167(7)
Theories of Racial and Ethnic Inequality
174(9)
The Global Context, Immigration, and Globalization
183(3)
Summary
186(1)
Critical Thinking
187(1)
Web Connections
188(1)
PART TWO General Explanations of Inequality
8 Classical Explanations of Inequality
189(29)
Karl Marx (1818-1883)
189(10)
Max Weber (1864-1920)
199(8)
Emile Durkheim (1858-1917)
207(4)
Herbert Spencer (1820-1903)
211(5)
Summary
216(1)
Critical Thinking
217(1)
Web Connections
217(1)
9 Contemporary Explanations of Inequality
218
Functionalist Theory of Stratification
219(3)
Theories of Social Construction and Reproduction
222(8)
Labor-Market Theories of Income and Earnings Distribution
230(8)
The Recent Focus on Process Identification
238(2)
Summary
240(1)
Critical Thinking
241(1)
Web Connections
241(2)
PART THREE Consequences of Social Inequality
10 The Impact of Inequality on Personal Life Chances
243(21)
Basic Life Chances: Physical Health
243(7)
Basic Life Chances: Psychological Health
250(8)
Basic Life Chances: Food and Shelter
258(4)
Summary
262(1)
Critical Thinking
263(1)
Web Connections
263(1)
11 Deviance, Protest, and Inequality
264(31)
Violence in the Family
264(2)
Inequality and the Measurement of Crime
266(1)
Street Crime and Inequality
267(12)
White-Collar Crime, Corporate Crime, and Punishment
279(5)
Hate Crimes and Inequality
284(2)
Structured Inequality and Collective Protests
286(4)
Social Inequality and Environmental Equity
290(3)
Summary
293(1)
Critical Thinking
294(1)
Web Connections
294(1)
12 Social Inequality and Social Movements
295(36)
The Labor Movement
295(11)
The Civil Rights Movement
306(11)
The Women's Movement
317(10)
Inequality, Context, and Social Movements: A Synthesis
327(3)
Critical Thinking
330(1)
Web Connections
330(1)
PART FOUR Stability and Change in the System of Social Inequality
13 Social Mobility and Status Attainment: Openness in U.S. Society
331(23)
Questions Concerning Openness
331(1)
U.S. Mobility over Time
332(4)
Comparative Studies of Mobility
336(2)
Status Attainment: What Determines How Far One Goes?
338(6)
Mobility and Attainment Process among African Americans
344(3)
Patterns of Mobility and Attainment among Women
347(5)
Summary
352(1)
Critical Thinking
353(1)
Web Connections
353(1)
14 Justice and Legitimacy: Assessments of the Structure of Inequality
354(18)
U.S. Attitudes about the Distribution of Income and Wealth
355(2)
What is a Just Distribution?
357(3)
Bases for the Legitimation of Structured Inequality
360(10)
Summary
370(1)
Critical Thinking
371(1)
Web Connections
371(1)
15 Addressing Inequality and Poverty: Programs and Reforms
372(30)
Addressing Inequality
373(4)
The Conundrum of Defining Poverty
377(2)
Levels of and Trends in Poverty
379(1)
Perceptions of the Poor and Theories of Poverty
380(8)
Poverty Programs
388(5)
Flaws in pre-1996 Assistance Programs
393(1)
Welfare Reform
394(3)
Suggestions for Reducing Inequality
397(3)
Summary
400(1)
Critical Thinking
401(1)
Web Connections
401(1)
Glossary of Basic Terms 402(5)
References 407(41)
Index 448


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