This syllabus begins by introducing social theories of stratification, and recent trends in inequality and social mobility. It then takes six major institutions as sites in the production and reproduction of inequality: families, neighborhoods, schools, labor markets, capital/credit markets, and state institutions. This social-institutional analysis of inequality is characteristic of sociology. However, works from economics are included, aiding an interdisciplinary dialogue on inequality. The course concludes by considering the evidence for the consequences of inequality.
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