Inequality & American Dream

Inequality and the American Dream
In this course we will explore sociological attempts to explain who “gets ahead” in the contemporary United States. We will discuss two distinct issues that are often conflated in public discussions: economic inequality and social mobility. We will consider the conceptual and empirical associations between these measures, how each has changed over time, how the United States compares to other countries, and how different social environments (such as colleges, neighborhoods, and families) influence life chances within and across generations. We will also examine the challenges of producing research about these topics, focusing on both theoretical and methodological issues. (formerly SOAN 0240) 3 hrs. lect./disc.
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SOCI 0240

All Sections in Fall 2023

Fall 2023

SOCI0240A-F23 Lecture (Lawrence)
SOCI0240Y-F23 Discussion (Lawrence)
SOCI0240Z-F23 Discussion (Lawrence)