Inequality: Social Class and Its Consequences / Edition 1

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This book offers an up-to-date portrait of the realities of social class and its consequences in the United States today, focusing on the increasing inequality gap; the shrinking middle class; the myth and realities of social mobility; the consequences of class for work, health care, education, the justice system, war, and the environment; and progressive solutions for reducing inequality and improving human life.
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“This important book shows the significance of social class for understanding inequality and its consequences. Students will find this collection of readings very accessible.”
Leonard Beeghley
“This important book shows the significance of social class for understanding inequality and its consequences. Students will find this collection of readings very accessible.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594513572
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

D. Stanley Eitzen, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Colorado State University, earned his PhD at the University of Kansas. Although he is well known for his scholarship on homelessness, poverty, social inequality, power, family, and criminology, he is best known for his contributions to the sociology of sport. In 1996, he was selected to be a Sports Ethics Fellow at the Institute for International Sport. He is the author of Sport in Contemporary Society, 9th Edition (Paradigm 2011).

Janis E. Johnston received her Ph.D. from Colorado State University, where she is currently an adjunct instructor. She has published several articles in the area of permutation statistics.

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Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Introduction     1
Dimensions of Social Stratification
Social Class in America     9
Shadowy Lines That Still Divide   Janny Scott   David Leonhardt     11
A Statistical Portrait of the U.S. Working Class   Michael D. Yates     19
The Other America: An Enduring Shame   Jonathan Alter     35
The Inequality Gap     43
Tilting the Tax System in Favor of the Rich$dThe New York Times     45
Income and Inequality: Millions Left Behind   Woodrow Ginsberg     52
The Perks of Privilege   Clara Jeffery     61
The Disappearing Middle     67
Our Society's Middle Is Shrinking from View   Louise Auerhahn     69
The Vanishing Middle-Class Job: As Income Gap Widens, Uncertainty Spreads   Griff Witte     71
Social Mobility     81
The Death of Horatio Alger: Our Political Leaders Are Doing Everything They Can to Fortify Class Inequality   Paul Krugman     83
Rags to Riches? The American Dream Is Less Common in the United States Than Elsewhere   Bernard Wasow     85
The Consequences of Class
Work     93
Still Not Getting By in Bush's America   JoelWendland     95
America's Low-Wage Workers: The Demography of a Caste   Beth Shulman     97
Health Care     103
As the Rich Get Richer, Do People Get Sicker? Researchers Debate Whether Income Inequality Impairs Public Health   Lila Guterman     105
Sick of Poverty   Robert Sapolsky     110
Education     117
A Wider Lens on the Black-White Achievement Gap   Richard Rothstein     120
Does Meritocracy Work?   Ross Douthat     129
Justice and Injustice     139
The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison   Jeffrey Reiman     141
Poverty and Violent Crime   Elliott Currie     145
The Civil Rights Act of 1964: The Social Class Exclusion   Janis E. Johnston     150
Natural Disasters     157
Dying Alone: An Interview with Eric Klinenberg$dUniversity of Chicago Press     159
The Nation: Cast Away: Broken Levees, Unbroken Barriers   Jason DeParle     163
New Orleans by the Numbers   Peter Wagner   Susan Edwards     165
Unequal Sacrifice in War     171
Sacrifices of War Remain Unshared   Chuck Raasch     173
Their Last Resort    Ann Scott Tyson     174
Environmental Classism     179
Bioethics, Social Class, and the Sociological Imagination   Leigh Turner     181
Poverty and Pollution in the United States   Robert D. Bullard     186
Reducing Inequality
Progressive Solutions for Reducing Inequality     197
Narrowing the Income Gap Between Rich and Poor   Michael Hout   Samuel R. Lucas     199
Millennium Development Goals for Children in the United States to Be Achieved by 2015$dChildren's Defense Fund     203
Taxing Concentrated Wealth to Broaden the American Dream: Good Policy, Good Politics, Good for America   Dedrick Muhammad   Chuck Collins     204
Websites     213
Credits     217
Index     219
About the Editors     235
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