Inequality by Design

Claude S. Fischer, Michael Hout, Martín Sánchez Jankowski, Samuel R. Lucas, Ann Swidler, Kim Voss

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Why do some Americans have a lot more than others? Perhaps, inequality follows inevitably from human nature. Some people are born with more talent than others; the first succeed while the others fail in life’s competition. Many people accept this explanation, but it will not suffice. Inequality is not fated by nature, nor even by the “invisible hand” of the market; it is a social construction, a result of our historical acts. Americans have created the extent and type of inequality we have, and Americans maintain it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSocial Stratification
Subtitle of host publicationClass, Race, and Gender in Sociological Perspective
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780429963193
ISBN (Print)9780429494642
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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