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A hands-on introduction to the craft of social research for Introductory Sociology courses, Exploring Social Issues: Using SPSS for Windows, Third Edition puts students in the role of active researchers as they test their own ideas about topics such as divorce, abortion, crime, inequality, prejudice, and television violence using SPSS, the pre-eminent software program in the social sciences.
This Third Edition uses updated General Social Survey (GSS) data sets and offers a robust SPSS primer in an appendix. The book is available in two formats: as a stand-alone text, or bundled with SPSS (Student Version).
Stresses active and collaborative learning as students engage in a series of investigative explorations of social ...
Chapter 8: Inequality and Social Class in the United States
Inequality and Social Class in the United States
In the next three chapters, we explore a central feature of U.S. society: inequality, or the uneven distribution of valued goods and services (e.g., money, health care, education, or material possessions) across the population. This chapter focuses on social class. In the following chapters, we will explore patterns of inequality associated with gender and race. Several new SPSS procedures and statistical techniques are introduced to aid us in our inquiry.
The Dimensions of Inequality
With the possible exception of small hunting and gathering bands, inequality seems to be a universal trait of human society. That is, in virtually every society, some people get more of whatever is valued and some get less. ...