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Week 9 Summaries- Sociology 213- Taryn O’Flynn “Unequal America” Summary This article explains the growing gap between the rich and poor. It reminds us that even though the US is the richest country in the world, we are far from the healthiest- the US focus on equality of opportunity, and have a higher tolerance for income inequality that many other countries. The article tells us that we are becoming even more unequal as income becomes more concentrated among the most affluent Americans. Then we are asked the question “Is it bad to one’s health to be poor?” The article discusses the Japanese culture, and how it is much harder to determine rich from poor due to the equal income distribution. The article shows graphs of the Gini coefficient, and trends in family income. Then the article brings up the point that inequality may act on the human psyche to elicit hard work and high achievement, but stresses that it may also be much more individualistic. A very interesting quote from the article says, “When a society is starkly divided along racial or ethnic lines, the affluent are less likely to take care of the poor… welfare systems are least generous in countries that are the most ethnically heterogeneous.” It’s interested to
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  • Spring '12
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  • Sociology, Gini coefficient, Income inequality metrics

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