American Class Structure in an Age of Growing Inequality A New Synthesis

ISBN-10: 0534541100

ISBN-13: 9780534541101

Edition: 6th 2003 (Revised)

Authors: Dennis Gilbert

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The text is a current, concise treatment of America's ever-changing class structure. Updated throughout, this sixth edition focuses on change. Dennis Gilbert includes new data on topics such as the distribution of earnings and residential segregation by class to reveal a consistent pattern of growing inequality since the early 1970s. Why, Gilbert asks, is this happening? He examines change in the economy, family life, and politics in search of an answer. This book retains the strengths that contributed to the success of previous editions. It synthesizes the best empirical studies of class and inequality in American society, focusing on nine key variables: occupation, income, wealth, prestige, association, socialization, class consciousness, power, and social mobility. Critical attention is given to major studies, from the classic small-town ethnographies of the 1930s to contemporary analyses of national mobility data. Historical sections show how the class system has changed and continues to evolve. Two strong chapters examine the relationship between social class and politics.
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List price: $76.95
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 9/27/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 332
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

The Dimensions of Class
Karl Marx
Max Weber
Nine Variables
The Variables as a System
What Are Social Classes?
An American Class Structure
Is the American Class Structure Changing?
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
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
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
News from Another Planet
Changing Federal Tax Rates
Key Terms Defined in the Glossary
Suggested Readings
Socialization, Association, Lifestyles, and Values
Children's Conception of Social Class
Kohn: Class and Socialization
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
Key Terms Defined in the Glossary
Suggested Readings
Social Mobility: The Structural Context
How Much Mobility?
Social Mobility of Women
Causes of Mobility
Trends in Social Mobility
Trends in Black Mobility
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
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
Pluralism, Strategic Elites, and Cohesion
Power Elite or Ruling Class?
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
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 Support for Social Programs
Class and Political Participation
Trends in Class Partisanship
Class Conflict and the Labor Movement
The Postwar Armistice
Labor in Decline
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
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
Straws in the Wind
Note on Statistical Sources
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