The United States holds the dubious distinction of having the most unequal income distribution of any advanced industrialized nation. While other developed . Categorically Unequal: The American Stratification System, is a big, ambitious, Massey sets out to answer the daunting questions of what are the fundamental. Get this from a library! Categorically unequal: the American stratification system. [ Douglas S Massey; Russell Sage Foundation.] — “The United States holds the.
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While other developed countries face similar challenges from globalization and technological change, none rivals America’s singularly poor record for equitably distributing the benefits and burdens of recent economic shifts. In Categorically Unequal, Douglas Massey weaves together history, political economy, and even neuropsychology to provide a comprehensive explanation of how America’s culture and political system perpetuates inequalities between different segments of the population.
Categorically Unequal is striking both for its theoretical originality and for the breadth of topics it covers. Massey argues that social inequalities arise from the universal human tendency to place others into social categories. In America, ethnic minorities, women, and the poor have consistently been the targets of stereotyping, and as a result, they have been exploited and discriminated against throughout the nation’s history.
African-Americans continue to face discrimination in markets for jobs, housing, jassey credit. Meanwhile, the militarization of the U.
Massey also shows that women’s advances in the labor market have been concentrated among the affluent and well-educated, while low-skilled female workers have been relegated to occupations that offer few chances for earnings mobility. At the same time, as the wages of low-income men have fallen, more working-class women are remaining unmarried and raising children on their own.
Even as minorities and women continue to face these obstacles, the progressive legacy of the New Deal has come under frontal assault. The government has passed anti-union legislation, made taxes more regressive, allowed the real value of the federal minimum wage to decline, and drastically cut social welfare spending.
As a result, the income gap between the richest and poorest has dramatically widened since Massey attributes these anti-poor policies in part to the increasing segregation of neighborhoods by income, which has insulated the affluent from the social consequences of poverty, and to the disenfranchisement of the poor, as the population of immigrants, prisoners, and ex-felons swells.
America’s unrivaled disparities are not simply the inevitable result of globalization and technological change.
As Massey shows, privileged groups have systematically exploited and excluded many of their fellow Americans. By delving into the root causes of inequality in America, Categorically Unequal provides a compelling argument for the creation of a more equitable society. Read more Read less. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Customers who bought this item also bought.
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Showing of 13 reviews. Top Reviews Uneqaul recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This book provided a well-researched and comprehensive discussion on socioeconomic inequality and the forces behind them. Excellent discussions on major Civil Rights legislation, historical social context of inequality, and those market externalities associated with racial and gender discrimination.
An excellent book that provides a much needed basis to appreciate the disastrous social situation that our country faces –and it is also becoming more and more grave. One person found this helpful.
A classical and must-read if you want catwgorically look at social class issues. It’s an interesting book, that I could read in and out of class. By far this is the greatest book that I’ve gotten. It has helped me to understand why whites hate blacks and it has also helped me to understand why blacks hate blacks.
I am in a position where I work with professionals and my eyes were open to black professionals who have the same condescending attitude towards blacks who are not of the same caste as them.
I love this book because it’s given me so much insight about the future of the American class system. Thank you Douglas S Massey. Categorically Unequal reads more like an academic paper than a popular nonfiction book.
It has a good overview of stratification and references a lot of research about stratification in categotically US.
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It was certainly eye opening. I would have given Categorically Unequal 5 stars as an informative book. I gave it 3 stars because the way it pushes the liberal agenda is too neat and one-sided. Purchased for a Sociology course in the fall and I believe this book will offer very interesting views for discussions.
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