Inequality in the United States: A Reader

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  • Copyright: 2011-02-15
  • Publisher: Routledge

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For courses in Inequality, Social Stratification, and Social Problems. #xA0; A thoughtful#xA0;compilation of readings on inequality in the United States.#xA0; #xA0; The main objective of this#xA0;text is to introduce students to the subject of social stratification as it has developed in sociology. The central focus is on domestic inequality in the United States with some attention to the broader international context. The primary goal of the text is to offer an understanding of the history and context of debates about inequality, and a secondary goal is to give some indication as to what issues are likely to arise in the future.

Author Biography

John Brueggemann is Professor of Sociology at Skidmore College in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work.

He received a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Earlham College (1987) and Masters (1990) and Doctoral (1994) degrees in sociology from Emory University. He has spent his career since then at Skidmore College as a teacher, scholar and administrator. During these 14 years he has taught and written about a range of topics including class, race, inequality, religion, morality, history, social theory and social change. His written work has appeared in academic journals such as Social Problems, Work and Occupations, Social Science History, The Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Critical Sociology, and Theology Today. I also coauthored Racial Competition and Class Solidarity, which was published by SUNY in 2006.

Table of Contents







Part I  Foundations

Part II  Class

Part III  Status

Part IV  Party

Part V  Class, Status and Party







Part I Foundations


1. Excerpts from “The Manifesto of the Communist Party”  /  Karl Marx and Frederick Engels

2. Excerpts from “Class, Status, Party”  /  Max Weber

3. Excerpts from The Souls of Black Folk  /  W. E. B. DuBois

4. Excerpts from “The Conservation of Races”  /  W. E. B. DuBois

5. Excerpts from A Voice From the South  /  Anna Julia Cooper

6. Excerpts from “Some Principles of Stratification”  /  Kingsley Davis and Wilbert Moore


Part II Class


7. Excerpts from Unequal Childhoods  /  Annette Lareau

8. Excerpts from Class Counts  /  Erik Olin Wright

9. Excerpts from The Declining Significance of Race  /  William J. Wilson

10. “Poverty in the United States: An Overview”  /  Cliff Brown

11. Excerpts from “Digital Inequality: From Unequal Access to Differentiated Use”  /  Paul DiMaggio, Eszter Hargitai, Coral Celeste, and Steven Shafer

12. Globalism’s Discontents”  /  Joseph E. Stiglitz         


Part III Status


Section A: Race and Ethnicity 

13. “The ‘Morphing’ Properties of Whiteness”  /  Troy Duster

14. “A Threat in the Air: How Stereotypes Shape Intellectual Identity and Performance”  /  Claude M. Steel

15. “The Complexities and Processes of Racial Housing Discrimination”  /  Vincent J. Roscigno, Diana L. Karafin, and Griff Tester

16. Excerpts from “Historical Context and Hazard Waste Facility Siting: Understanding Temporal Patterns in Michigan”  /  Robin Saha and Paul Mohai

17. Excerpts from “Are Emily and Greg More Employable than Lakisha and Jamal? A Field Experiment on Labor Market Discrimination”  /  Marianne Bertrand and Sendhil Mullainathan

18. Excerpts from Racism without Racists  /  Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

19. Excerpts from The Myth of the Model Minority: Asian Americans Facing Racism  /  Rosalind S. Chou and Joe R. Feagin

20. Excerpts from Multiple Origins, Uncertain Destinies  /  National Research Council


Section B: Gender and Sexuality

21. Excerpts from “Doing Gender”  /  Candace West and Don H. Zimmerman

22. Excerpts from Masculinities  /  R.W. Connell

23. Excerpts from The Gendered Society  /  Michael Kimmell

24. Excerpts from “Comparative Gender Stratification”  /  Joan Huber

25. Excerpts from “Hierarchies, Jobs, Bodies: A Theory of Gendered Organizations”  /  Joan Acker

26. Excerpts from “Benefits for Nonhomophobic Societies: An Anthropological Perspective”  /  Walter L. Williams

27. “The Gender Pay Gap: Have Women Gone as Far as They Can?”  /  Francine D. Blau and Lawrence M. Kahn


Part IV Party

28. Excerpts from “The Structure of Power in American Society”  /  C. Wright Mills

29. Excerpts from Diversity in the Power Elite  /  Richard L. Zweigenhaft and G. William Domhoff

30. Excerpts from Who’s Running America? The Bush Restoration  /  Thomas R. Dye

31. Excerpts from Power and Powerlessness:Quiescence and Rebellion in an Appalachian Valley /  John Gaventa


Part V Class, Status and Party

32. “Toward a New Vision: Race, Class, and Gender as Categories of Analysis and Connection”  /  Patricia Hill Collins

33. Excerpts from “Sex, Race inequality in US Workplace”  /  Barbara F. Reskin and Irene Padavic

34. “Intersectionality”  /  Irene Browne and Joya Misra

35. Excerpts from Flat Broke with Children  /  Sharon Hays



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