The American Class Structure in an Age of Growing Inequality / Edition 9 available in Paperback
Like its predecessors, the Ninth Edition of Dennis Gilbert’s The American Class Structure in an Age of Growing Inequality, focuses on the socioeconomic core of the American class system. Drawing on classic and contemporary studies, Gilbert describes our class structure and shows how class affects our everyday lives, from the way we raise our children to the way we vote. The major theme running through the book is the increasing inequality in American society. Gilbert describes the shift in the mid-1970s from an “Age of Shared Prosperity” to an “Age of Growing Inequality.” Using the most recent wage, income, and wealth statistics, and accounts of the shifting balance of class power in national politics, the author traces the widening disparities between the privileged classes and average Americans. He repeatedly returns to the question, “Why is this happening?” A variety of economic, political, and social factors are examined, and the competing explanations of influential writers are critically assessed, concluding with the author’s synthesis of the book’s lessons about the power of class and the forces behind growing inequality.
|Edition description:||Ninth Edition|
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Dennis Gilbert holds a Ph D from Cornell University and has taught at Cornell, the Universidad Católica in Lima, Peru, and Hamilton College, where he is Professor of Sociology Emeritus. He is also the author of The Oligarchy and the Old Regime in Latin America, 1880 to 1970 (2017), Mexico’s Middle Class in the Neoliberal Era (2007), Sandinistas: The Party and the Revolution (1991), and La Oligarquía Peruana: Historia de Tres Familias (1982).
Table of Contents
About the AuthorPrefaceChapter 1. Social Class in AmericaChapter 2. Position and PrestigeChapter 3. Social Class, Occupation, and Social ChangeChapter 4. Wealth and IncomeChapter 5. Socialization, Association, Lifestyles, and ValuesChapter 6. Social Mobility: The Societal ContextChapter 7. Family, Education, and CareerChapter 8. Elites, the Capitalist Class, and Political PowerChapter 9. Class Consciousness and Class ConflictChapter 10. The Poor, the Underclass, and Public PolicyChapter 11. The American Class Structure and Growing InequalityGlossaryBibliographyNote on Statistical SourcesCreditsIndex