Conflicted Analyses of Inequality : Why the Concern with Inequality?

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In his presentation of the basic measures used by sociologists to describe social inequality in our social system, Andersen examines how inequality is structured in the U.S., and how social inequality is distributed in the United States. Under what circumstances might these measures not reveal social class boundary lines? That is how, according to Andersen, might the conventional methods that sociologists use NOT be adequate to determine where one class begins and another ends? From the Horowitz article assigned last week, what can you tell about the difficulties in measuring inequalities?

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Conflicted Analysis of Inequality
Sociologists in America have always come up with different criteria which they use to
measure the social inequality existing in America. People are socially unequal having been
differentiated on various grounds. They can be separated on wealth terms to come up with three
groups of people, the low class, the middle class and the upper class. These three classes have
their characteristics from which the sociologists use in the evaluation of this type of social
inequality. Another basis of social differentiation is by the race of the people, in which there are
only two main categories: the blacks and the whites. For the sociologist to measure the social
inequality in society, they always...

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