American Class Structure in an Age of Growing Inequality

ISBN-10: 1412954142

ISBN-13: 9781412954143

Edition: 7th 2008

Authors: Dennis Gilbert

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The American Class Structure in an age of growing inequality is a current, concise treatment of America's ever-changing class structure. Author Dennis Gilbert asks a deceivingly simple question: Why is social inequality in America increasing? This question is answered through discussion of nine key variables and the best historical and contemporary empirical studies of class inequality in American Society, providing students with a broad overview of social inequality in America.
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Book details

List price: $72.95
Edition: 7th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Pine Forge Press
Publication date: 1/9/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.144

Dennis Gilbert is a professor of Sociology at Hamilton College His primary research interests are Latin American and American class system. Gilbert is the author of The American Class Structure in an Age of Growing Inequality (Sage, 2008), Mexico's Middle Class in the Neoliberal Era (University of Arizona Press, 2007), Sandinistas: the Party and the Revolution (Blackwell, 1988), and La Oligarquía Peruana: Historia de Tres familias (Horizonte, 1982). In 1990, he was research director to the successful congressional campaign of Bernard Sanders (Independent-VT) and later served as legislative assistant in Representative Sanders' congressional office. At Hamilton, Gilbert teaches a course on public opinion polling. In collaboration with the polling firm Zogby International, Gilbert and his students have conducted a series of widely reported national surveys, most examining the views of high school students, on such topics as gun control, gay rights, abortion, Muslims in America and patriotism.

About the Author
Preface
Social Class in America
Karl Marx
Max Weber
Three Issues and Ten Variables
What Are Social Classes?
An American Class Structure
Is the American Class Structure Changing?
Conclusion
Key Terms Defined in the Glossary
Suggested Readings
Position and Prestige
W. Lloyd Warner: Prestige Classes in Yankee City
Prestige Class as a Concept
How Many Classes?
Class Structure of the Metropolis
Prestige of Occupation
Occupations and Social Classes
People Like Us
Conclusion: Perception of Rank and Strata
Key Terms Defined in the Glossary
Suggested Readings
Social Class, Occupation, and Social Change
Middletown: 1890 and 1924
Middletown Revisited
Industrialization and the Transformation of the National Class Structure
The National Upper Class
The Industrial Working Class
The New Middle Class
National Occupational System
The Transformations of the American Occupational Structure
From Agricultural to Postindustrial Society
Women Workers in Postindustrial Society
Transformation of the Black Occupational Structure
Wages in the Age of Growing Inequality
Growing Inequality of Wages: Why?
Harrison and Bluestone: New Corporate Strategies
Frank and Cook: Winner Take All
Conclusion
Key Terms Defined in the Glossary
Suggested Readings
Wealth and Income
The Income Parade
Lessons From the Parade
The Distribution of Income
Sources of Income
Income Shares
Taxes and Transfers: The Government as Robin Hood?
How Many Poor?
Women and the Distribution of Household Income
The Distribution of Wealth
Trends in the Distribution of Wealth
Trends in the Distribution of Income
Income Dynamics
Changing Federal Tax Rates
Conclusion
Key Terms Defined in the Glossary
Suggested Readings
Socialization, Association, Lifestyles, and Values
Bourdieu: The Varieties of Capital
Children's Conception of Social Class
Kohn: Class and Socialization
Lareau: Child Rearing Observed
School and Marriage
Marriage Styles
Blue-Collar Marriages and Middle-Class Models
Social Class and Domestic Violence
Informal Association Among Adults
Formal Associations
Separate Lives
Conclusion
Key Terms Defined in the Glossary
Suggested Readings
Social Mobility: The Societal Context
How Much Mobility?
Wealth Mobility
Social Mobility of Women
Circulation and Structural Mobility
Declining Social Mobility
Conclusion
Key Terms Defined in the Glossary
Suggested Readings
Family, Education, and Career
Blau and Duncan: Analyzing Mobility Models
Jencks on Equality
Who Goes to College?
College and the Careers of Women and Minorities
Conclusion
Key Terms Defined in the Glossary
Suggested Readings
Elites, the Capitalist Class, and Political Power
Three Perspectives on Power
Mills: The National Power Elite
Mills, His Critics, and the Problem of Elite Cohesion
Power Elite or Ruling Class?
Who Rules?
The National Capitalist Class: Economic Basis
The National Capitalist Class: Social Basis
The National Capitalist Class: Participation in Government
Money and Politics
Business Lobbies
Policy-Planning Groups
Indirect Mechanisms of Capitalist-Class Influence
The Capitalist-Class Resurgence
Conclusion
Key Terms Defined in the Glossary
Suggested Readings
Class Consciousness and Class Conflict
Marx and the Origins of Class Consciousness
Richard Centers and Class Identification
Correlates of Class Identification
Married Women and Class Identification
Class Identification, Political Opinion, and Voting
Bott: Frames of Reference
Elections and the Democratic Class Struggle
Social Class and Party Identification and Support for Social Programs
Class and Political Participation
Trends in Class Partisanship
Class Conflict and the Labor Movement
The Postwar Armistice: Unions in the Age of Shared Prosperity
Labor in Decline
Conclusion
Key Terms Defined in the Glossary
Suggested Readings
The Poor, the Underclass, and Public Policy
The Beginnings of Welfare: Roosevelt
Rediscovery of Poverty: Kennedy and Johnson
The Official Definition of Poverty
How Many Poor?
Who Are the Poor?
Trends in Poverty
The Underclass and the Transitory Poor
Restructuring Welfare
The Mystery of Persistent Poverty
Conclusion
Key Terms Defined in the Glossary
Suggested Readings
The American Class Structure and Growing Inequality
How Many Classes Are There?
The Capitalist Class
The Upper-Middle Class
The Middle Class
The Working Class
The Working Poor
The Underclass
Growing Inequality
Why?
Vital Signs
Glossary
Bibliography
Note on Statistical Sources
Credits
Index
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