GENDER, RACE AND CLASS 1209_SOC3320

 

Week 2  Read The American Class System: Pages 54-77,  96-98, 105-107, and read over the Power Elite lecture

1) Explain the growing social inequality in the United States. Focus on 2 reasons why this gap exists and why this inequality is predicted to grow. Support your claims with examples from the readings.

2) Read over the Mill’s Power Elite and Domhoff’s  Governing Class.  Show in 3 ways how the power elite leverages power over the government and society, use aspects of the readings in your response.

3) Watch the following TED TALK:http://www.ted.com/talks/richard_wilkinson.html
In your own words explain what happens in a society when there is too much inequality between the wealthy and poor (such as our society.) Drawing from the Ted Talk, how can we fix poverty?