Inequality: Class, Race, and Gender
Professor: Bruce Western
Description/Objectives: Although the themes of prosperity
and opportunity dominate American culture, the U.S. has higher
inequality than any other industrialized democracy. What's more,
the gap between rich and poor grew enormously from 1980. This
course examines inequality in contemporary America and studies
how it is patterned by class, race, and gender. The American
experience is also viewed in comparative perspective, to see how
Western Europe has minimized the scourges of falling wages,
poverty, and homelessness.
Sample Reading List:
- C. Fischer, 'Inequality By Design'
- C. Jencks, 'The Homeless'
- W.J. Wilson, 'The Truly Disadvantaged'
- R. Freeman, 'Working Under Different Rules'
- Final Exam
- Class/Precepts Participation
- Lecture 1.0: 10:00-10:50 MW
- Precept 1.0:To be arranged.