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Power and Social Class. Power and Classism David Moberg, The Great Divide Rita Henley Jensen, A Way Out. Power and Classism. Capitalism Definition History Social Class Structure Gradational View Upper, middle, lower Relational view

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Power and Social Class

  • Power and Classism

  • David Moberg, The Great Divide

  • Rita Henley Jensen, A Way Out


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Power and Classism

  • Capitalism

    • Definition

    • History

    • Social Class Structure

      • Gradational View

        • Upper, middle, lower

      • Relational view

        • Capitalist, middle (professional-managerial class), working

        • Power of each class (short-term, long-term)

        • Interests of each class (short-term, long-term)


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  • Conservative and Liberal Capitalism

    • Including views on inequalities of wealth and income

    • Historical view

      • New Deal (mentioned in text) as example of liberal capitalism

  • Socialism

    • As a critique of capitalism

    • As a social movement

    • As a vision / process

  • Social Democracy


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David Moberg, The Great Divide

  • U.S. is the most unequal of the major industrialized countries

    • Wolf – U. S. is “outside the mainstream”

  • Consequences

    • For individuals

    • For society – practical and moral

  • Top Heavy

    • key statistics and conclusions

    • Recent statistics


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Rita Henley Jensen, A Way Out

  • Her story

    • Importance of support for higher education

  • Current social welfare programs do not allow this

    • In her view, a deliberate policy to maintain supply of low-wage labor

    • She sees this as sexist

  • Racial stereotypes, racism


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