- Subject index
Sociologists in Action on Inequalities: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality is a brief anthology of original readings that are perfect for Race and Ethnicity; Race, Class, and Gender; Introduction to Sociology; Social Problems; Social Inequality; Senior Capstone and other courses taught through the central lens of diversity. Like its companion Sociologists in Action volume, on social change and social justice, this collection brings together dozens of accounts of sociologists who are using their sociology to make a positive impact on society. Each of the 30 selections describe, through firsthand experience, how sociology can be used to address enduring problems of prejudice and discrimination based on race, nationality, class, gender, and sexuality. Discussion questions and suggested readings and resources at the end of every chapter will provide students with opportunities to delve further into the topics covered and help create full and nuanced discussions, grounded in the “real world” work of public and applied sociologists.
Contributor to the SAGE Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award
Find out more at http://www.sagepub.com/sociologyaward
Chapter 2: Class
In all societies, people are stratified, or ranked, on the basis of their access to and possession of what is valued in their culture. In U.S. society, class position is one key means of ranking. Sociologists tend to measure social class (lower, lower-middle, middle, upper-middle, and upper) by profession, education, and income. Those who have higher status professions, higher levels of education, and more income also tend to have more prestige and power in our society. They have the greatest ability to spend their time as they please, consume what they want, and have access to power. The essays in this chapter indicate just how much our social class position can influence our individual lives and our place in society—and demonstrate how sociologists in ...