The New Class Society introduces students to the sociology of class structure and inequality. The fourth edition demonstrates how and why class differences in the United States have become more entrenched than ever. Revised and reorganized, this edition features a new introduction and shorter chapters that cover a wider range of topics-from the Great Recession to how electronic media shape our perceptions of class.
Earl Wysong is professor of sociology at Indiana University Kokomo. He is a past president of the Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences and author of High Risk and High Stakes. Robert Perrucci is professor of sociology at Purdue University, a past president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and former editor of the American Sociologist, Social Problems, and Contemporary Sociology. David Wright is professor of sociology at Wichita State University, where he is also associate provost for academic data systems and strategic planning.
List of Tables and Figures Acknowledgments Introduction 1 Class in America: The Way We Were 2 The New American Class Structure 3 The New Economy and the New Class Structure 4 The Global Economy and Class Inequalities 5 How the Middle Class Died 6 Conflicting Class Interests and Class War 7 The Invisible Class Empire 8 Political Finance: It's Money That Matters 9 Policy Planning and Classwide Lobbying 10 The Information Industry 11 Educating for Privilege: Dreaming, Streaming, and Creaming 12 The Pacification of Everyday Life 13 The Culture Industry and Pacification 14 Class in the Twenty-first Century Bibliography Index About the Authors