SOCI-154-01 Sociology of the One Percent
Fall for 2016-2017
Today less than one percent of Americans own nearly forty percent of the nation’s wealth, more than the bottom 95% combined. The wealthiest four hundred Americans are worth $1.37 trillion dollars. This amazing concentration of wealth has been accompanied by a shrinking middle class and a growing number of Americans living in poverty.
In this course we will examine the sociology of the one percent in order to understand its long-term significance, its effect on our society and our common destiny as a people. We will begin by examining the facts about wealth concentration and then we will move into analyzing the issue from a variety of perspectives.
The central questions of this course include: What are the current facts about wealth concentration in the US today? What underlying conditions gave rise to the increased concentration of wealth? How has the distribution of wealth changed over time? What does this growing inequality mean for our society and for the American Dream? What structural factors brought about these changes in the distribution of wealth in the US and around the world? What, if anything, should be done about it?
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Fall '16: Lubreski K (description, file download)
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