11-10 - 9/29 & 10/1 Outline Social I nequal ity I I:...

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Outline Social Inequality I I: General Theories Continuing from last time… I. Approaches to Social Class a. The U.S. as a “Middle Class Society” and the American Dream i. Social mobility and “openness” II. Inequality in Modern Societies: General Theories a. The functionalist theory b. The Marxian approach c. The Weberian approach “Conventional” vs. “Marxian” Approaches to Class: Conventional approach to class in industrial societies defines classes as broad groupings of persons who share similar levels of privilege and prestige. Marxian approach to class in industrial The United States as a “Middle Class Society” “Middle class” in the U.S. context appears to be a bundle of material and non- material expectations and outcomes. The idea of the U.S. as a “middle class society” is integral to another distinctively American construct: The American Dream -everybody can be middle class (open class structure) -equal opportunity personal mobility intergenerational mobility Social Mobility Main findings of research on social mobility in the United States: 1
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Much as the American Dream would lead us to expect, there has been a good deal of social mobility in the United States
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