SOCI 068B. Class Warfare: Politics, Culture and Economic Inequality

In this course we will study class inequality in modern American society-not only how the rich, the poor, and the middle strata live, but also whether and how they come to think of themselves as part of a class or status group, develop a consciousness and politics around that status, and navigate within and between groups. We will consider the perennial questions of justice and fairness that citizens face. On the one hand, Americans strongly endorse an egalitarian rhetoric based on meritocracy. On the other, inequalities of class, race, gender, sexuality, religion, nation of origin, ability et al are significant dimensions of our society. Readings will emphasize the dynamics of class inequality at its intersections and the diverse ways it is experienced and resisted. This course builds from the notion that inequality is not given, but is a result of the way social processes function, policies are developed and implemented, and society is structured.
Social Sciences.
1 credit.
Catalog chapter: Sociology and Anthropology  
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