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Social Stratification and Inequality

This is the introductory presentation to SOC 4383 at OSU-Stillwater based upon selected readings for the course.

Rich Ellefritz

on 9 March 2015

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Transcript of Social Stratification and Inequality

what if this is all true? So, what if this is all true?
Jonathan Kozol (1991) revealed a stark contrast in schooling for children from relatively rich/wealthy communities compared to those in impoverished/disadvantaged communities.
What were some of the differences?
YouTube: "Jonathan Kozol: Education in America" what if this is all true? So what if this is all true?

"The founders of sociology in the United States wanted to make a difference. A central aim of the sociologists of the Chicago school was to use sociological knowledge to achieve social reform. A related aim of sociologists like Jane Addams, W.E.B. DuBois, and Ida B. Wells-Barnett and others since was to use sociological knowledge to understand and alleviate gender, racial, and class inequality.
It is no accident that many sociology instructors and students are first drawn to sociology because they want to learn a body of knowledge that could help them make a difference in the world at large." (quote from Steve Barkan’s introductory soc book: http://catalog.flatworldknowledge.com/catalog/editions/1115) Social Stratification and Inequality:
Process, Structure, and Ecology what if this is all true?


Structural Analyses of Class and Power

IMPACTS Educational Inequalities
in a Global Context John Stossel Interviews Barbara Ehrenreich what if this is all true? From whence value and meaning? "Society provides individuals with terminating devices in terms of which they can cut out meaningful objects out of the field of experience. Their meaning does not inhere in things; nor is it ordained by God; rather it is a cultural product of historically situated individuals. Environment, stressed Mead (1936, p. 130), is 'endowed with meanings in terms of the process of social activity.' Or as Dewey (I929, pp. 180-181) would say, 'significant things are things actually implicated in situations of shared or social purpose and execution.' All objects surrounding us, insofar as they have a definite shape and meaning, are socially constructed; society is the source of everything we call 'objective,' and by the same token, of everything we label "merely subjective“.
(“The Pragmatic Origins of Symbolic Interactionism”
by DMITRI N. SHALIN, p. 238) The Status Attainment Model School Readiness of Preschool Children Ages 3–5,
by Parents’ Highest Education Level, 2007 http://trends.collegeboard.org/education-pays/figures-tables/school-readiness-preschool-children-parents-education-level-2007 The Status Attainment Model Completion Rates by
Family Income and Parental Education Level http://igitur-archive.library.uu.nl/dissertations/1918624/part-2.htm http://igitur-archive.library.uu.nl/dissertations/1918624/part-2.htm http://trends.collegeboard.org/education-pays/figures-tables/completion-rates-family-income-and-parental-education-level Educational Attainment by
Race/Ethnicity and Gender, 1973–2009 Postsecondary Sector by Family Income, 2007–08 "Only 1% of dependent undergraduate students from families with incomes of $120,000 or higher were enrolled in for-profit institutions in 2007-08, compared to 8% of those from families with incomes below $40,000." http://trends.collegeboard.org/education-pays/figures-tables/postsecondary-sector-family-income-2007-08 The Wisconsin Model
of Status Attainment The American Occupational Structure by Peter M. Blau and
Otis Dudley Duncan (1967) SOC 4383 Social Stratification The International Mathematics and Science Study: http://nces.ed.gov/timss/results11.asp http://igitur-archive.library.uu.nl/dissertations/1918624/part-2.htm No neighborhood is an island: incorporating distal neighborhood effects
into multilevel studies of child developmental competence.
Caughy MO, Hayslett-McCall KL, O'Campo PJ. (2007) From G. William Domhoff's website,
"Who Rules America?" (http://www2.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/) Motherjones.com "It's the Inequality, Stupid" From G. William Domhoff's
website, "Who Rules America?" Program for International Student Assessment (PISA): http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/pisa/pisa2009highlights.asp
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