This course examines social class and inequality in American society. It draws on sociological understandings of economic stratification, socioeconomic status, class identity, class culture, and social mobility to address a set of big questions. How do people draw and reinforce symbolic boundaries between classes? How is inequality structured, reproduced and experienced through social institutions? What roles do policy, philanthropy, and social movements play in tackling manifestations of economic inequality? This course gives particular attention to the ways class intersects with other forms of stratification, including race, gender, and disability.
Prerequisites: Anthropology/Sociology 103 or 105, or permission of the instructor.