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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCIOL 2RR3
Professor
Maja Jovanovic
Semester
Winter

Description
Lecture 1  Prof: Maja Jovanovic SOCIOL 2RR3 – Case Studies of Social Inequality Contacts for class: Daniel Williams: [email protected] Sean Coombes: [email protected]  BIG REVIEW LAST DAY OF CLASS FOR EXAM (EXAM AND LECTURE) What is Social Inequality?  A condition or situation that’s not equal Results in unfairness & disadvantages for some and others privalleged  long lasting differences structures of inequality are patterns of advantage or disadvantage that are durable and long lasting social structure is long lasting pattered relationships among certain elements of society (much  variation of what this is and its relationship with individuals) social stratification is a way of studying inequality that makes certain assumptions abut social  structures, ranking of ppl (income, education, class, etc.) Poverty Difficult to measure Varies between groups Child poverty is high! Too much money spent on shelter Can shorten your lifespan Inadequate food intake Homelessness is a problem High debt loads for families people move in and out of poverty in Canada poverty rate first nations children: 50% 21 year life expectancy differences between living in good or bad  neighbourhoods  900 000 Canadians use food banks every month – food is garbage, humiliating experience for  these people, many people who need food banks don’t use them because of how they make them  feel 200 000 Canadians become homeless 30 000 Canadians homeless on any given night for every dollar you earn, you owe $1.63 in taxes, etc.  Video: faces of poverty: a single mother Most vulnerable in society is lone parents First nations Disabled Recent immigrants Visible minorities Precarious work Low opportunity jobs  No benefits No ability to move forward Seasonal, contract, shift, part­time, temp.  Can be gendered (pink­collared work) – retail Low income neighbourhoods structured in different
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