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Who Rules America?

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Malcolm Mac Kinnon

WHO RULES AMERICA? G. William Domhoff Socioeconomic status is calculated using income, educational attainment, and occupational status. Sociologists also employ subjective indicators of social class, such as attitudes and values, class identification, and consumption patterns. Domhoff finds that in addition to wealth, the upper class shares a distinctive lifestyle through participation in various social institutions. Domhoff 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 Americans do not like the idea that there are social classes. Classes imply that people have relatively fixed stations in life. o They fly in the face of beliefs about equality of opportunity and seem to ignore the evidence of upward social mobility. Americans tend to deny that social classes are based in wealth and occupational roles. If there is an American upper class, it must exist not merely as a collection of families who feel comfortable with each other and tend to exclude outsiders from their social activities. It must exist as a set of interrelated social institutions. 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. Prepping for Power From infancy to young adulthood, members of the upper class receive a distinctive education. www.notesolution.com
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