KEY FEATURES: • Designed to be used in a range of 100-level and 200-level courses, including introductory sociology, social problems, and courses that focus on race, class, gender, or sexuality. • Introduces students to basic analytic techniques in the social sciences, such as frequency distributions, cross-tabulations, and comparisons of means. • No software purchase required–all exercises are carried out on the open-access Survey Documentation and Analysis (SDA) website. • Screen captures from the SDA website, and careful step-by-step instructions, are provided to help students with no previous data analysis experience. • Early chapters focus on single categories of difference and inequality; later chapters examine how these factors intersect within the domains of family, education, and work. • Multiple choice questions and open-ended exercises at the end of each chapter test mastery of the material and give students opportunities to extend their analyses to other questions.

Analyzing Inequalities in the Economy and at Work

Chapter 9 analyzing inequalities in the economy and at work

Learning Objectives

By the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Identify GSS variables related to work and the economy.
  • Analyze various dimensions of work and the economy as they relate to racial, gender, class, and sexuality.
  • Use a variety of analytic techniques appropriately to analyze issues related to the economy and work.
  • Interpret these analyses using a social justice framework.

Introduction: Inequalities in the Economy and at Work

Writing in the 1950s, sociologist C. Wright Mills described the “sociological imagination” as the quality of mind that allows one to “grasp the interplay of man and society, of biography and history, of self and world.”1 Mills argued that the sociological imagination enables ...

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