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MSL Reading # 24 -- Who Rules America?

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Malcolm Mac Kinnon

Who Rules America? G. William Domhoff MSL Reading #24 Sociologists utilize various indicators to measure social class. Sociologists employ subjective indicators of social class, such as attitudes, values, class identification, and consumption patterns. The upper class has a disproportional share of power through its control over economic and political decision making in this country Classes imply that people have relatively fixed stations in life The upper class is help up by interrelated social institutions o There must be patterned ways of organizing the lives of its [upper class] members from infancy to old age that create a relatively unique style of life. o There must be mechanisms for socializing both the younger generations and new adult members who have risen from lower social levels. Empirical studies to establish the interrelated set of social institutions, organizations, and social activities: o Historical case studies o Quantitative studies of biographical directories o Open-ended surveys of knowledgeable observers o Interview studies with members of the upper-middle and upper classes Prepping for Power: From infancy through young adulthood, members of the upper class receive a distinctive education private schools and colleges o Begins in preschools attached to the church of high social status o Elementary years at a local private school called a day school o Adolescent years; the student may remain at day school, or boarding school www.notesolution.com
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