While the United States is the world's richest nation, the distribution of private property and wealth among Americans is often comprised of alarmingly disparate portions. With a rapidly aging and increasingly diverse population, the interdependence between generations, institutions, and social spheres has become essential to social stratification processes in contemporary American society.. In this authoritative work, Yuval Elmelech investigates the role that family transactions of material resources play in the stratification system. Drawing on empirical evidence from a broad array of sources, Transmitting Inequality provides an interdisciplinary framework for examining the social, demographic and institutional structures that shape the distribution of property and wealth in the United States.
Yuval Elmelech is associate professor of sociology at Bard College and research associate at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College.
Chapter 1: The Institutional Foundation of the Commodity Market Chapter 2: Demographic Changes and the Distribution of Wealth Chapter 3: Social Class and Property Chapter 4: Social Policy and Economic Inequality Part 5 Part II: Wealth and Welfare Part 6 Part III: Inequality in a Multi-Ethnic Society Chapter 7 Chapter 5: Families, Generations and Familial Responsibility Chapter 8 Chapter 6: The Racial/Ethnic Divide Chapter 9 Chapter 7: Intragroup Inequality and Social Closure Part 10 Part IV: Financial Institutions, Demographic Transitions and Economic Polarization