People view inequalities as being unfair where do our ideas of fairness come from
-How people invent or construct inequalities how do people justify inequalities?
oExplanations are important for stabilized the structure of society
oLarger because of explanations (ideologies) we’re not shooting rich people on the street and
taking away their money
oWhat is the role of ideologies that makes people compliant with inequalities
-Consider for example the staging or performance of inequalities in connection with physical beauty
oWhy do some societies reward female beauty more than intelligence?
What are the consequences of being plain versus being beautiful?
What are the unwelcomed consequences of being plain looking?
The explain the creation, performance and preservation of social inequalities, we need
to develop some sociological concepts
•There concepts are useful and useable in discussion of inequalities
•Different kings of inequalities work the same
oFor example, concepts which will help us understand racism will help
us understand sexism
oThere are various disadvantages, and if they are add together it is worse
having two disadvantages than having one or the other
-Consistent status: someone who is beautiful and smart
-Inconsistent status: someone who is beautiful but stupid
oWhat happened when there is inconsistent status
People whose statuses are inconsistent are more likely to be radical in political matters
and thus try to change the social order
-There can be empirical research made on inequality
oBut, sometimes people simple reflect on this they do not like
oIn this course, we will consider popular views about inequality
oStatements about inequality can be tested and proven true or false, with empirical evidence
oWe also consider opinions which cannot be readily tests with research
-Is inequality inevitable?
o JFK said there is always inequality, some men are killed in the war, some are wounded, other
never leave, life is unfair