lecture 5.11.09 - Began with C.Wright Mills, ended with...

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Began with C.Wright Mills, ended with Peggy Levitt Structured around – how are inequalities created an maintained – heart of American sociology. Started with Mills- idea that the way we understand ourselves is to locate ourselves/own experience by our background, locating others within their period, we become aware of life chances by becoming aware of life chances of other people. Think of structure of society – only certain structures matter in certain places (here: race, nationality, gender). -where does US society stand compared to the human history 4 kinds of inequality -class -racial -gender -global The institutions in which these inequalities are enacted and reproduce themselves. Class: Marxist, weber, moore & david (structural functionalist) Racial/ethnic: -Abelmann & Lie : dual myth of model minority and undeserving underclass. Problem of discrimination. Pager = structural discrimination through her experiment. -Wilson = historical discrimination, history matters, history explains how AA not able to get certain jobs and get ahead. -paris is burning- black gay men aspiring for the American dream Gender inequality: -also paris is burning – gender is created, enacted, achieved -what arguments put forward for gender difference- essentially male and female are opposite.
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