What Is Social Inequality

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January 11, 2011
What is Social Inequality
course is about structure of inequality in life
- competition, some people at top and likely to stay there, some at bottom, hard to
rise
- stacked deck from beginning of life
- social mobility in middle 80%, middle class
why normal people against heavy odds
- consequences of social inequality
- social inequality dangerous for health
sociology - study of social organization
- which type of social organization fits us best
- social inequality related to crime, abuse, addiction, mental instability, etc
- what can we do about it? how can we measure inequality? how do some societies do
better?
inequality about hierarchical differences between two people
- can be natural inqualities between people
- ie taller, smarter, attractiveness, etc
- how do natural inequalities become social inequalities?
- are all inequalities unfair?
- how do we create inequalities?
- how do we treat people with inequalities?
- what is the role of ideology, religion, mass media in inequality
beauty
- why such a significance on it?
- why some societies view it above intelligence?
each inequality and generalization is quite similar, if understand one, can understand most
disadvantages can compound, if dumb + plain looking, more disadvantaged than just one
status inconsistencies
- consistent -> beautiful and smart
- inconsistent -> beautiful and dumb, smart and plain
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- inconsistent more likely to be political radical, active
life is unfair - jfk
"there is no greater inequality than the equal treatment of unequals"
- people are different so must treat differently for them to be equals
can test statements with empirical testing
can test opinions as well
Thomas Malthus
Jean Jacques Rousseau
- first to make theories about social inequalities
- difference between social and natural inequality
- social inequality must be proportional to be right
- difference in power must be proportional to intelligence, wisdom, beauty, etc
- French Revolution from too high inequality
- natural law not as significant anymore
- doesnt make sense to have dumb people command smart people
- innate sense of fairness?
- innate sense of procedural justice
- grading = fair
- someone has advantage then we perceive unfairness
- not same treatment can make something more fair
- ie blind person, ADD person getting special treatment
we expect society to be fair or we feel outraged
- constant feature of the human condition
- according to economic liberals - inequality price for dynamic economic growth
under capitalism
- cognitive ability in education, universities dont truly have equality of education
- would have to give some people more time if it was
is it inevitable that life is unfair?
- an equal society wouldnt work, so inequality is needed
is unfairness inevitable?
- to what degree is unfairness existing/needed?
communism - failed -> equal treatment of all
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Course is about structure of inequality in life. Competition, some people at top and likely to stay there, some at bottom, hard to. Social mobility in middle 80%, middle class why normal people against heavy odds. Social inequality dangerous for health sociology - study of social organization. Which type of social organization fits us best. Social inequality related to crime, abuse, addiction, mental instability, etc. What can we do about it? how can we measure inequality? how do some societies do better? inequality about hierarchical differences between two people. What is the role of ideology, religion, mass media in inequality beauty. Why some societies view it above intelligence? each inequality and generalization is quite similar, if understand one, can understand most disadvantages can compound, if dumb + plain looking, more disadvantaged than just one status inconsistencies. Inconsistent -> beautiful and dumb, smart and plain www. notesolution. com. Inconsistent more likely to be political radical, active life is unfair - jfk.

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