Social Structure and Social Stratification
- Сhoose appropriate theoretical concepts to describe real-world manifestations of social inequality
- Select optimal indicators to study inequality
- Produce coherent explanations of the mechanisms behind stratification systems
- Use theoretical models to interpret the results of empirical research
- Ability to choose appropriate theoretical concepts to describe real-world manifestations of social inequality and stratification; Ability to produce coherent explanations of the mechanisms behind stratification systems; Ability to use theoretical models to interpret the results of empirical research
- Ability to support theoretical arguments with empirical data
- Ability to elaborate collectively on the mechanisms of social stratification
- Ability to select optimal indicators to study inequality; Ability to identify social and cognitive mechanisms that bias one’s perception of social structure
- Ability to develop conceptual models of social and individual processes that reproduce social structure; Ability to operationalize the concepts and categories of social structure using appropriate indices
- Ability to critically evaluate empirical data to argue on the matters of social stratification
- Ability to apply theoretical concepts to the analysis of the real-life manifestations of social inequality
- Ability to suggest mechanisms of mitigating the effects of social inequality through analyzing social processes on multiple levels
- Categories of Social StructureLecture 1. Categories of Social Structure Studies. Privileges Inequality. Sameness and equality. Stratification. Structure. Typification and categories. Social cognitive science. Age. Gender. Race. Socio-economic groups. Estate, caste, class as generic categories. Institutes and norms. Inequality, discrimination and privileges. Asymmetry of perception of inequality and privileges. White privilege. Male privilege. Residential privilege. Gender inequality in historical perspective. Liberation of women and everyday gender inequality. The pressure on boys. Seminar 1. Course Introduction. Topic overview. Seminar routines. Course policies. Seminar 2. Individual and Group Inequality. Privileged groups. Experiencing privileges. Unequal gender pressure and privileges. Seminar 3. Perceiving Social Inequality. Signals and cues for social perception. Language markers of class. Stereotyping.
- Social Stratification AnalysisSeminar 5. Socioeconomic Status Scales. Education, income, wealth, professional status. Discrete and continuous measures of status. Constructing composite scales.
- Operationalizing InequalitySeminar 4. Inequality is Relational. Categories, bounded categories. Charles Tilly on durable inequality: social configurations and scripts in everyday life.
- Faces and Effects of InequalityLecture 2. Poverty Poverty. Defining poverty. The poor as a category and a group. Extreme forms of poverty and destitution. Poverty traps. Social capital as a poverty trap. Seminar 6. Within-Country Inequality. Lorenz curve and Gini coefficient. Why these measures differ across the world? Lecture 3. Inequality and Health Inequality and health. Health, development and happiness curves depending on income. Status and health. Effects of poverty. Loads, cognitive load. Long-term effects of poverty. Poverty and children development. Seminars 7-8. Class and Status Structure. T. W. Chan and J. H. Goldthorpe vs. M. Savage on class and status structure. Stratification analysis using Weberian and Bourdieusian class schemas. Seminar 9. Crossing Class Boundaries. Middle class and opportunity hoarding. Lecture 4. Racial Disparity Racial and socio-economic inequality in relation to each other and in dynamics. Changes in American ghetto. Wealth and its effects: wealth vs. income in explaining racial disparity. Seminar 10. Effects of Inequality: Wealth. Cumulative advantages of upper classes. Ideologies of merit in reinforcing inequality. Thomas Piketty on the rich in history and at present. Elites in Russia and abroad. Seminar 11. Effects of Inequality: Poverty. Absolute, relative, subjective poverty. Impaired performance of lower classes. Urban poverty experiences in the UK, Europe and Russia. Seminar 12. Why Inequality Persists? Course recap.
- Home assignments (summary and thematic task)The whole assignment is graded with 0 if it contains plagiarism. Assignments are accepted up to 48 hours after the deadline, the grade for the late submission is halved.
- In-class tests
- In-class participation
- Written exam
- Interim assessment (3 module)0.3 * Home assignments (summary and thematic task) + 0.3 * In-class participation + 0.2 * In-class tests + 0.2 * Written exam
- Levine, R., Acker, J., Baca-Zinn, M., Collins, P. H., Cox, O., Davis, K., … Wright, E. O. (2006). Social Class and Stratification : Classic Statements and Theoretical Debates (Vol. 2nd ed). Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=634844
- Tilly, C. (1998). Durable Inequality. Berkeley: University of California Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=6819
- Bottero, W. (2005). Stratification : Social Division and Inequality. London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=116686
- Romero, M., & Margolis, E. (2005). The Blackwell Companion to Social Inequalities. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=147324