Sociology Reference Guide: Defining Class, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1429834609
  • ISBN-13: 9781429834605
  • DDC: 305.50973
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 115 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released August 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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The Sociology Reference Guide series is designed to provide a solid foundation for the research of various sociological topics. This volume offers an introduction to contemporary class issues in the United States, with an overview of economic issues and challenges specific to populations across a range of class levels. In the opening essay, Geraldine Wagner provides an introductory review of class stratification, a recurring topic that is addressed in some form throughout the volume. Wagner's essay is followed by two essays that discuss the relationship between income and education, which further defines how class advancement is achieved. The remainder of the essays follows three general categories in class stratification. The first group assesses the formation and indicators that define the upper-class, while the second and third sections present a wide body of work on the two major groups that often define class in America: the middle and working classes.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: The Class System.
2: Social Mobility in the U.S..
3: Social Mobility & the Postindustrial Society.
4: Assessing Class: Income.
5: Assessing Class: Education.
6: The Upper Class.
7: Assessing Class: Wealth.
8: Assessing Class: Lifestyle Choices.
9: Contradictory Class Locations.
10: The Middle Class in America.
11: The Working Class.
12: The Underclass in America.
13: Cultural Theories of Poverty.
14: Demographics of Poverty.
15: Stratification & Class: Income Inequality.
16: The Poor & the Working Poor.