A brief, impactful book that provides a contemporary analysis of how economics and social class affects the concept of family today
This book focuses on the impact of economic systems and social class on the organization of family life. Since the most vital function of the family is the survival of its members, the author give primacy to the economic system in structuring the broad parameters of family life. She explains how the economy shapes the prospects families have for earning a decent living by determining the location, nature, and pay associated with work.
Theorizing Social Inequalities
Social inequality is ubiquitous, practically as old as humankind, and cross-culturally has been more the rule than the exception. As noted in the previous chapter, the emergence of settled agricultural societies, the concept of privately owned land, and surplus wealth coincided with the rise of institutionalized patterns of social inequality based on social class, gender, and race. Social inequalities, whether based on wealth, social class, gender, race, ethnicity, or individual talent, arise with the recognition of biological, social, and cultural differences among people. More important than the mere recognition of the differences that exist among people, however, are the social evaluations of those differences. Such evaluations become the basis for assigning value, status, and privilege to human beings and groups ...