The American Class Structure in an Age of Growing Inequality by Dennis L. Gilbert


The American Class Structure in an Age of Growing Inequality by Dennis L. Gilbert

Like its predecessors, the Ninth Edition of Dennis Gilbert's The American Class Structure in an Age of Growing Inequality, focuses on the socioeconomic core of the American class system. Drawing on classic and contemporary studies, Gilbert describes our class structure and shows how class affects our everyday lives, from the way we raise our children to the way we vote. The major theme running through the book is the increasing inequality in American society. Gilbert describes the shift in the mid-1970s from an Age of Shared Prosperity to an Age of Growing Inequality. Using the most recent wage, income, and wealth statistics, and accounts of the shifting balance of class power in national politics, the author traces the widening disparities between the privileged classes and average Americans. He repeatedly returns to the question, Why is this happening? A variety of economic, political, and social factors are examined, and the competing explanations of influential writers are critically assessed, concluding with the author's synthesis of the book's lessons about the power of class and the forces behind growing inequality.

About the Author

Dennis Gilbert is Professor of Sociology at Hamilton College. His scholarly interests revolve around class and power in the U.S. and Latin American. Gilbert's other books are Mexico's Middle Class in the Neoliberal Era (University of Arizona Press, 2007), Sandinistas: the Party and the Revolution (Blackwell, 1988), and La Oligarquia Peruana: Historia de Tres familias (Horizonte, 1982). In 1990, he was research director in the successful congressional campaign of Bernie Sanders (Independent-VT) and later served as legislative assistant in Sanders' congressional office. In collaboration with the polling firm Zogby International, Gilbert and his Hamilton students have conducted a series of widely reported national surveys, most examining the views of high school students, on such topics as gun control, gay rights, abortion, Muslims in America, and patriotism.

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328 pages


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Publication date

27th March 2014



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