Chapter 24 Compass
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ProfessorMalcolm Mac Kinnon
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(1) Chap. 14, Politics
(2) Chap. 16, Religion
(3) Chap. 22, Technology and Global Environment
(4) Chap. 7, Deviance and Crime
(1) Chap. 24, Domhoff, "Who Rules America?"
(2) Chap. 35, Mills, "Power Elite"
(3) Chap. 44, Weber, "Protestant Ethic"
(4) Chap. 46, Shorto, "Faith at Work"
(5) Chap. 19, Rosenhan, "Sane in Insane Places"
(6) Chap. 21, Draus and Carlson, "Down on Main Street"
CH.24- WHO RULES AMERICA? – DOMHOFF
•Socioeconomic status (SES):
-sociologists used various indicators to measure social class.
-calculated using income, educational attainment, and occupational status.
Domhoff finds that in addition to wealth, the upper class, shares a distinctive lifestyle
thought participation in various social institutions. He argues not only that there is a
cohesive upper class in the US, but also that the upper class has a disproportionate share of
power through its control over economic and political decision making in this country.
- Most of America doesn’t like the idea of social class.
-There must be patterned ways of organizing the lives of its members from infancy to
old age that create a relatively unique style of life, and there must be mechanisms for
socializing both the younger generation and new adult members who have risen from
lower social levels.
-Four different types of empirical studies establish the existence of an interrelated
set of social institutions, organizations, and social activities, They are historical
case studies, quantitative studies of biographical directories, open-ended
surveys of knowledgeable observers, and interview studies with members of
the upper-middle and upper classes.
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