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Unformatted text preview: DO SOCIAL CLASSES (ST ILL) EX IST? Guest lecturer: Kim Weeden, [email protected] Argument in a nutshell- US is still fundamentally a class-based society- Conventional class schemes underestimate the extent to which classes organize inequality- Class schemes based on detailed occupations, by contrast are better for society o Describe inequalities o Understanding sources of inequality Exhibit A: Rising income inequality- To what extent has the growth in income inequality in the US occurred… o Between big, aggregate classes? Most in this sector o Between occupations within a big class? o Within occupations?- Much, but not all, of the rise in income inequality has taken place between classes and occupations- This is not simply an education effect in disguise- I ts no just that income inequality is growing, its that labor markets are also becoming “lumpier” What does it mean for classes to exist- Class as purely descriptive tool o Social classes are, at a minimum, Distinct groups of people who share a similar position at the “site of production”...
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This note was uploaded on 11/06/2009 for the course GOVT 2225 taught by Professor Morgan during the Spring '09 term at Cornell.
- Spring '09