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The American Class Structure in an Age of Growing Inequality

Tenth Edition
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December 2017 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

With the latest data on income, wealth, earnings, and residential segregation by income, The American Class Structure in an Age of Growing Inequality, Tenth Edition describes a consistent pattern of growing inequality in the United States since the early 1970s. Focusing on the socioeconomic core of the American class system, author Dennis L. Gilbert examines how changes in the economy, family life, globalization, and politics are contributing to increasing class inequality.

 


 
About the Author
 
Preface
 
Chapter 1 Social Class in America
Karl Marx  
Max Weber  
Three Issues and 10 Variables  
What Are Social Classes?  
An American Class Structure  
Is the American Class Structure Changing?  
Conclusion  
Key Terms Defined in the Glossary  
Suggested Readings  
 
Chapter 2 Position and Prestige
People Like Us  
W. Lloyd Warner: Prestige Classes in Yankee City  
Prestige Class as a Concept  
How Many Classes?  
Class Structure of the Metropolis  
Prestige of Occupations  
Occupations and Social Classes  
Conclusion: Perception of Social Rank and Prestige Classes  
Key Terms Defined in the Glossary  
Suggested Readings  
 
Chapter 3 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  
The Loss of Manufacturing Jobs  
Women Workers in Postindustrial Society  
Transformation of the Black Occupational Structure  
Hispanic Workers in Postindustrial Society  
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  
 
Chapter 4 Wealth and Income
The Income Parade  
Lessons From the Parade  
The Distribution of Income  
Sources of Income  
Taxes and Transfers: The Government as Robin Hood?  
How Many Poor?  
Women and the Distribution of Household Income  
The Distribution of Wealth  
The Changing Distribution of Wealth  
The Changing Distribution of Income  
Income Dynamics  
Changing Tax Rates  
Conclusion  
Key Terms Defined in the Glossary  
Suggested Readings  
 
Chapter 5 Socialization, Association, Lifestyles, and Values
Bourdieu: The Varieties of Capital  
Children’s Conception of Social Class  
Kohn: Class and Socialization  
Lareau: Child Rearing Observed  
Patterns of Association in Early Life  
Marriage Styles  
Blue-Collar Marriages and Middle-Class Models  
Social Class and Domestic Violence  
The Marriage Gap  
Cherlin: The Disappearing Working-Class Family  
Informal Association Among Adults  
Formal Associations  
Separate Lives  
Residential Segregation  
Conclusion  
Key Terms Defined in the Glossary  
Suggested Readings  
 
Chapter 6 Social Mobility: The Societal Context
How Much Mobility?  
Social Mobility of Women  
Circulation and Structural Mobility  
Declining Social Mobility  
American Mobility in Comparative Perspective  
Conclusion  
Key Terms Defined in the Glossary  
Suggested Readings  
 
Chapter 7 Family, Education, and Career
Blau and Duncan: Analyzing Mobility Models  
Jencks on Equality  
The Fortunes of Sons and Daughters  
Who Goes to College?  
The Stratification of Higher Education  
Conclusion  
Key Terms Defined in the Glossary  
Suggested Readings  
 
Chapter 8 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?  
Winters’ Oligarchy  
The National Capitalist Class: Economic Basis  
The National Capitalist Class: Social Basis  
A New Elite?  
The National Capitalist Class: Participation in Government  
Money and Politics  
The Fate of Campaign Finance Reform  
Who Gives?  
What Do Rich People Want?  
Business Lobbies  
Policy-Planning Groups  
Indirect Mechanisms of Capitalist-Class Influence  
The Capitalist-Class Resurgence  
Conclusion  
Key Terms Defined in the Glossary  
Suggested Readings  
 
Chapter 9 Class Consciousness and Class Conflict
Class Identification  
Correlates of Class Identification  
Class Identification, Political Opinion, and Voting  
Elections and the Democratic Class Struggle  
The End of the Democratic Class Struggle  
Why Trump?  
Policy Preference and Government Response  
Class and Political Participation  
Class Conflict and the Labor Movement  
The Postwar Armistice: Unions in the Age of Shared Prosperity  
Labor in Decline  
Hacker and Pierson: Winner-Take-All Politics  
Conclusion  
Key Terms Defined in the Glossary  
Suggested Readings  
 
Chapter 10 Poverty and Public Policy
Roosevelt and the Beginnings of Welfare  
Rediscovery of Poverty: Kennedy and Johnson  
The Official Definition of Poverty  
How Many Poor?  
Who Are the Poor?  
Trends in Poverty  
The Transitory Poor and the Underclass  
Restructuring Welfare  
The Earned Income Tax Credit  
Persistent Poverty  
Economic Trends  
Changing Family Patterns  
Government Policy  
American Poverty in Comparative Perspective  
Conclusion  
Key Terms Defined in the Glossary  
Suggested Readings  
 
Chapter 11 The American Class Structure and Growing Inequality
How Many Classes Are There?  
The Class Structure  
Growing Inequality  
Why?  
Hard Times in the Age of Growing Inequality  
Key Terms Defined in the Glossary  
 
Glossary
 
Bibliography
 
Note on Statistical Sources
 
Index

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 NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • “The Class Basis of Trump's Victory” looks at why for the first time since before the 1932 election, the Republican presidential candidate won a greater proportion of the working class vote than the Democratic opponent.
  • The book addresses the role of technology and other factors in the decline of manufacturing employment and how the trend is crucial for understanding growing inequality and changes in working class family life.
  • The book offers international comparisons to show how the U.S. compares with other wealthy nations on social mobility and poverty, and questions our conception of the U.S. as a uniquely open society.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Examines current trends in income, wealth, earnings, occupation, poverty, gender and ethnic differences, class segregation in residential patterns, and politics.
  • Compares rates of social mobility in 1970s compared with 2000s.
  • Include a glossary and annotated lists of suggested readings at the end of each chapter.

 

 

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