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The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Living in a High Inequality Regime

Edited by:
  • David Grusky - Stanford University, Center on Poverty and Inequality, Stanford University
  • Alair MacLean - Washington State University Vancouver, USA, Washington State University Vancouver

December 2015 | 353 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Income inequality in the United States is the highest it has been since the roaring 20s. The rich are getting richer. The middle class is descending from the middle. The poor are getting poorer. What accounts for the increase in wealth at the top? What dynamic forces have shaped this spectacular disparity? How are Americans adjusting to life in this brave new world? What effect does the social fallout of this inequality regime have on the fabric of American society?

The effects of rising inequality have proven difficult to tease out, but as the United States enters a moment in history in which key policy decisions about inequality, mobility, and poverty are being made, it is important for researchers to examine this trend to learn why there is so much inequality in the United States. In this volume of The ANNALS experts examine the “social fallout” from this income imbalance.  They shine a light on the winners and losers, focusing on occupational inequality, racial and gender inequality, as well as inequality in veteran groups. They explore accessibility and segregation to gauge how educational and crime/punishment trends are shaped by inequality. Finally, they examine how inequality impacts Americans’ views of themselves and others; the dynamics of class and culture; and the effects of socioeconomics on marriage, health, and death.

David B. Grusky and Alair MacLean
Introduction: The Social Fallout of a High Inequality Regime
I. The Winning and Losing Groups in a High-Inequality Regime
Between- and Within-Occupation Inequality: The Case of High-Status Professions

Yu Xie, Alexandra Killewald, and Christopher Near
Changes in Racial and Gender Inequality Since 1970

C. Matthew Snipp and Sin Yi Cheung
Income Inequality and the Veteran Experience

Alair MacLean and Meredith Kleykamp
II. Openness and Segregation in a High-Inequality Regime
Educational Assortative Mating In Two Generations: Trends and Patterns Across Two Gilded Ages

Robert D. Mare
Who Gets Ahead in the Second Gilded Age?

Pablo Mitnik, Erin Cumberworth, and David B. Grusky
Inequality and Punishment: A Turning Point for Mass Incarceration?

Devah Pager and Michelle Phelps
III. Attitudes in a High-Inequality Regime
Money and Morale: Growing Inequality Affects How Americans View Themselves and Others

Michael Hout
The Changing Dynamics of Class and Culture in American Politics: A Test of the Polarization Hypothesis

Duane F. Alwin and Paula A. Tufis
IV. Behaviors in a High-Inequality Regime
Socioeconomic Standing and Variability in Marriage Timing Across the 20th Century

Megan Sweeney
What Do Growing Childhood Socioeconomic Inequalities Mean for the Future of Inequalities in Adult Health?

John Robert Warren
Is Death “The Great Equalizer?” The Social Stratification of Death Quality in the United States

Deborah Carr

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