Syllabus 2007-2008

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University of Warsaw
Winter Semester 2007-2008

Social Stratification and Mobility

Instructor:  Joshua Kjerulf Dubrow
Date and Time: Tuesdays, 16:00 – 17:30
Place:   Wydzial Filozofii I Socjologii – Instytut Socjologii – Okolice Kampusu
Centralnego, ul. Karowa 18, sala 304
Course Website: https://socialstratification.wordpress.com
Office Hours:  By appointment
Email:   jdubrow2000@yahoo.com

Course Description:

The course is designed to cover the current state of the field of social stratification in regard to academic and policy
debates, theories, methods, key research findings, and comparative analyses. 
Among the subjects we will explore: class, ethnicity, gender, power, elites, poverty, social mobility and
status attainment, children and families, and processes of legitimation. 
We will explore these subjects within comparative, historical, and current events frameworks.    

Evaluation

Grades will be based 20% on Test I, 20% on Test II, 35% on the term paper, 10% periodic brief summary and analysis papers and 15% on class participation.

Test I requiring written responses to a set of 30 to 40 multiple-choice and open-ended questions. 
The questions will cover the main issues raised in readings and lectures.

Test II requiring written responses to a set of 30 to 40 multiple-choice and open-ended questions. 
The questions will cover the main issues raised in readings and lectures.

Summary and Analysis Papers are assigned by the instructor and consist of one page responses to the issues
raised in readings and lecture. 

Term Paper on social stratification issues and research.  Specifics of term paper will be discussed in class.

Class participation.  Students are expected to discuss all of the assigned readings on the due date and to participate in in-class projects.


Course Outline and Course Readings

Course Readings are available at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology/University of Warsaw library,
http://www.ifispan.waw.pl/bibfis, Krakowskie Przedmiescie 3.

Note:  There are two types of readings.  Those with an “R” are REQUIRED, or mandatory readings. 
Those with “OP” are optional, or non-mandatory readings. 
Students are expected to read the required readings; optional readings are suggested,
but students are not responsible for having read them.

Week 1 Basic Concepts, Trends, and Dimensions of Stratification
 
R — Kerbo, Harold R.  2003.  Social Stratification and Inequality.  New York:  McGraw Hill: Chapter 1, pp. 11 – 14
(hereafter. “Kerbo”).

R — Grusky, David B. 2000.  “The Past, Present and Future of Social Inequality” pp. 3 – 8 in Social Stratification:
Class, Race, and Gender in Sociological Perspective
, edited by David B. Grusky.  CO: Westview Press.

R – Brandolini, Andrea and Timothy M. Smeeding.  2006.  “Patterns of Economic Inequality in Western Democracies:
Some Facts on Levels and Trends
.”  PS: Political Science and Politics 39(1): 21-26.

R – Dreier, Peter.  2007.  “Just the Numbers: The United States in Comparative Perspective.”  Contexts 6(3): 38 – 47.

OP — Grusky, David B. 2000.  “The Past, Present and Future of Social Inequality” pp. 8 – 51 in Social Stratification:
Class, Race, and Gender in Sociological Perspective, edited by David B. Grusky.  CO: Westview Press.

Week 2  Inequality and Stratification in Preindustrial Societies 

R – Sanderson, Stephen K.  and Arthur S. Alderson.  2005.  “Chapter 1: 10, 000 Years of Social Evolution.” 
Pp. 1 – 5 in World Societies: The Evolution of Human Social Life.  Boston: Pearson.

R — Sanderson, Stephen K.  and Arthur S. Alderson.  2005.  Chapters 3 – 4, pp. 32 – 81 in World Societies:
The Evolution of Human Social Life. 

OP — Sanderson, Stephen K., D. Alex Heckert and Joshua Dubrow.  2005.  “Militarist, Marxian, and Non-Marxian
Materialist Theories of Gender Inequality:  A Cross Cultural Test
.”  Social Forces 83 (4): 1424-1442.

Week 3  Early Statements on Social Stratification 

R — Kerbo (2003) Chapter 4, pp. 87 – 105.

R — Weber, Max. 1946. “Class, Status, and Party” in Max Weber: Essays in Sociology.
Edited by Hans Gerth and C. Wright Mills. New York: Oxford University Press

OP — Giddens, Anthony.  1973.  “The Weberian Critique”  in The Class Structure of the Advanced Societies
New York: Harper and Row Publishers.

Week 4   Modern Statements on Social Stratification 

R — Kerbo (2003) Chapter 5

R – Chan, Tak Wing and John H. Goldthorpe.  2007.  “Class and Status: The Conceptual Distinction and its
Empirical Relevance
.”  American Sociological Review 72(4).  Pp. 512-515.

OP — Davis, Kinglsey and Wilbert Moore. 1945. Some Principles of Stratification.
American Sociological Review 10(2): 242-249.

OP — Tumin, Melvin. 1953. Some Principles of Stratification: A Critical Analysis.
American Sociological Review 18(4): 387-394.

Week 5   Elites and Power 

R — Mills, C. Wright. (1957). The Power Elite. Pp. 202-211 in Social Stratification:
Class, Race, and Gender in Sociological Perspective, edited by David B. Grusky.  CO: Westview Press.

R – Szelenyi, Ivan and Szonja Szelenyi.  1995.  “Circulation or reproduction of elites during the postcommunist
transformation of Eastern Europe.
”  Theory and Society 24(5).

R – Eyal, Gil, Ivan Szelenyi and Eleanor Townsley.  (1998).  “Post-Communist Managerialism.” Pp. 233-239 in
Social Stratification: Class, Race, and Gender in Sociological Perspective, edited by David B. Grusky. 
CO: Westview Press.

Week 6   Poverty within and between Nations

R — Kerbo (2003) Chapter 9, pp. 249 – 251, 256 – 257, 260 – 283, and Chapter 17, pp. 551 – 558.

R – Rainwater, Lee and Timothy M. Smeeding.  2003.  Introduction and Chapter 1 in Poor Kids in a Rich Country:
America’s Children in Comparative Perspective
.  Russel Sage Foundation: New York.

OP – Rainwater, Lee and Timothy M. Smeeding.  2003.  Chapter 2 in Poor Kids in a Rich Country:
America’s Children in Comparative Perspective
.  Russel Sage Foundation: New York.

OP – Bradbury, Bruce and Markus Jantii.  2003.  “Child Poverty across Twenty-Five Countries.”

Week 7   Gender 

R – Williams, Christine L., Patti A. Giuffre, and Kirsten A. Dellinger.  2004.  “Research on Gender Stratification
in the US.”  Pp. 214 – 225 in Social Inequalities in Comparative Perspective edited by Fiona Devine and Mary C. Waters.

R – Reskin, Barbara.  1991.  “Labor Markets as Queues: A Structural Approach to Changing Occupational Sex Composition.”

R – England, Paula.  2004.  “Devauation and the Pay of Comparable Male and Female Occupations.”

Week 8   MIDTERM EXAM
 
Week 9 Race and Ethnicity 

R – Pilkington, Andrew.  2003.  “The Social Construction of Race and Ethnicity” in Racial Disadvantage and
Ethnic Diversity
.  Palgrave Macmillan: London.

Weeks 10 and 11   Social Mobility and Status Attainment

R — Kerbo (2003) Chapter 12, “Social Mobility: Class Ascription and Achievement.”

R – Slomczynski, Kazimierz M.  2002.  “Introduction: Social Structure, Its Changes and Linkages” 
pp. 11 – 28 in Social Structure: Changes and Linkages edited by Kazimierz M. Slomczynski.  Warsaw: IFiS Publishers.

R – Morgan, Stephen L.  2006.  “Past Themes and Future Prospects for Research on Social and Economic Mobility”
pp. 3 – 8 in Mobility and Inequality: Frontiers of Research from Sociology and Economics edited by Stephen L. Morgan. 
Stanford: Stanford University Press.

R – Hauser, Robert M. and John Robert Warren.  2003.  “Socioeconomic Indexes for Occupations:
A Review, Update, and Critique
.”

R – Lin, Nan.  2003.  “Social Networks and Status Attainment.”

OP – Breen, Richard.  2003.  “Social Mobility in Europe.”

OP – Jones, Gill. 1990.  “Marriage Partners and their Class Trajectories” pp. 101 – 120
in The Social Mobility of Women: Beyond Male Mobility Models edited by Geoff Payne and Pamela Abbott. 
Routledge: Abingdon.

Week 12   Social Stratification and the Family 

R – Lareau, Annette.  2003.  “Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race and Family Life.”

R – Kerbo (2003) Chapter 8, pp. 236-237 (Childhood socialization).

R — Rainwater, Lee and Timothy M. Smeeding.  2003.  Chapter 2 in Poor Kids in a Rich Country:
America’s Children in Comparative Perspective
.  Russel Sage Foundation: New York.

OP – Downey, Douglas B. 1995. “When Bigger Is Not Better: Number of Siblings, Parental Resources,
and Educational Performance
.” American Sociological Review 60:746-761.

Week 13   Political Inequality 

R — Skocpol, et al.  2004.  American Democracy in an Age of Rising Inequality. 
American Political Science Association. http://www.apsanet.org/imgtest/taskforcereport.pdf

R —  Slomczynski, Kazimierz M. and Goldie Shabad.  2000.  “Structural Determinants of Political Experience:
A Refutation of the ‘Death of Class’ Thesis” pp. 187 – 210 in Social Patterns of Being Political edited
by Kazimierz M. Slomczynski.  Warsaw: IFiS Publishers.

OP — Manza, Jeff, Michael Hout, and Clem Brooks. 1995. “Class Voting in Capitalist Democracies Since World War II: Dealignment, Realignment, or Trendless Fluctuation?” Annual Review of Sociology 21:137-62.

OP — Paxton et al.  2006.  “Women’s Political Representation, 1893 – 2003.”  American Sociological Review 71 (6).

Week 14   Processes of Legitimation 

R — Schwalbe et al. 2000.  “Generic Processes in the Reproduction of Inequality: An Interactionist Analysis.” 
Social Forces, 79 (2): 419-452

R — Weber, Max. 1946. “Politics as a Vocation” pp. 77 – 80 in Max Weber: Essays in Sociology edited by
Hans Gerth and C. Wright Mills. New York: Oxford University Press

Week 15   Future of Social Stratification in Post- Communist States 

R – Lenski, Gerhard.  2000.  “New Light on Old Issues: The Relevance of ‘Really Existing Socialist Societies’
for Stratification Theory” in Social Stratification: Class, Race, and Gender in Sociological Perspective,
edited by David B. Grusky.  CO: Westview Press.

R — Eyal et al.  2000.  “Making Capitalism without Capitalists” in Social Stratification: Class, Race, and Gender
in Sociological Perspective, edited by David B. Grusky.  CO: Westview Press.

OP — Kazimierz M. Slomczynski and G. Shabad. 1997. “Systemic Transformation and the Salience of Class Structure
in East Central Europe.” East European Politics and Societies 11: 155-189.

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