CATEGORICALLY UNEQUAL MASSEY PDF

Buy This Book in Print summary The United States holds the dubious distinction of having the most unequal income distribution of any advanced industrialized nation. Categorically Unequal is striking both for its theoretical originality and for the breadth of topics it covers. Massey argues that social inequalities arise from the universal human tendency to place others into social categories. African-Americans continue to face discrimination in markets for jobs, housing, and credit. Meanwhile, the militarization of the U. At the same time, as the wages of low-income men have fallen, more working-class women are remaining unmarried and raising children on their own.

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Barnes and Noble The United States holds the dubious distinction of having the most unequal income distribution of any advanced industrialized nation. Categorically Unequal is striking both for its theoretical originality and for the breadth of topics it covers. Massey argues that social inequalities arise from the universal human tendency to place others into social categories.

African-Americans continue to face discrimination in markets for jobs, housing, and credit. Meanwhile, the militarization of the U. At the same time, as the wages of low-income men have fallen, more working-class women are remaining unmarried and raising children on their own. Even as minorities and women continue to face these obstacles, the progressive legacy of the New Deal has come under frontal assault.

The government has passed anti-union legislation, made taxes more regressive, allowed the real value of the federal minimum wage to decline, and drastically cut social welfare spending.

As a result, the income gap between the richest and poorest has dramatically widened since Massey attributes these anti-poor policies in part to the increasing segregation of neighborhoods by income, which has insulated the affluent from the social consequences of poverty, and to the disenfranchisement of the poor, as the population of immigrants, prisoners, and ex-felons swells.

As Massey shows, privileged groups have systematically exploited and excluded many of their fellow Americans. By delving into the root causes of inequality in America, Categorically Unequal provides a compelling argument for the creation of a more equitable society.

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