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Beliefs about Inequality : Americans' Views of What is and What Ought to be - James R. Kluegel

Beliefs about Inequality

Americans' Views of What is and What Ought to be

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Motivated by the desire to explain how Americans perceive and evaluate inequality and related programs and policies, the authors conducted a national survey of beliefs about social and economic inequality in America. Here they present the results of their research on the structure, determinants, and certain political and personal consequences of these beliefs. a A] superb piece of scholarship, combining substantive ambition and theoretical depth with analytical clarity and sophistication.aaPublic Opinion Quarterly

-The study of social stratification is a central concern of sociology. . . Beliefs about Inequality falls within the tradition of subjective assessments of the stratification system. Instead of dealing narrowly with the topic of subjective social class, Kluegel and Smith take a broader view and look at individuals' beliefs about stratification system as a whole. . . . This research adds to the growing literature in political cognition. Kluegel and Smith have made an important step in applying ideas from social-psychological research on social cognition to a traditional sociological topic. The ultimate result of such cross-fertilization should be to enrich research in both belief formation and social stratification.-

--John A. Fleishman, Social Forces

-Kluegel and Smith's Beliefs about Inequality is a superb piece of scholarship, combining substantive ambition and theoretical depth with analytical clarity and sophistication. It is surely a book of enduring significance.-

--Lawrence Bobo, the Public Opinion Quarterly

-This book is about the American's beliefs about inequality: its nature, its sources, and its consequences. . . . Kluegel and Smith represent a unique combination of skills and interests, and the integration of their somewhat differing orientations to theory and data has resulted in an important work. I am persuaded that their book will influence theory and research in this area for many years to come. It deserves the serious attention of scholars working in the field of inequality.-

--Duane F. Alwin, Contemporary Sociology "The study of social stratification is a central concern of sociology. . . Beliefs about Inequality falls within the tradition of subjective assessments of the stratification system. Instead of dealing narrowly with the topic of subjective social class, Kluegel and Smith take a broader view and look at individuals' beliefs about stratification system as a whole. . . . This research adds to the growing literature in political cognition. Kluegel and Smith have made an important step in applying ideas from social-psychological research on social cognition to a traditional sociological topic. The ultimate result of such cross-fertilization should be to enrich research in both belief formation and social stratification."

--John A. Fleishman, Social Forces

"Kluegel and Smith's Beliefs about Inequality is a superb piece of scholarship, combining substantive ambition and theoretical depth with analytical clarity and sophistication. It is surely a book of enduring significance."

--Lawrence Bobo, the Public Opinion Quarterly

"This book is about the American's beliefs about inequality: its nature, its sources, and its consequences. . . . Kluegel and Smith represent a unique combination of skills and interests, and the integration of their somewhat differing orientations to theory and data has resulted in an important work. I am persuaded that their book will influence theory and research in this area for many years to come. It deserves the serious attention of scholars working in the field of inequality."

--Duane F. Alwin, Contemporary Sociology "The study of social stratification is a central concern of sociology. . . Beliefs about Inequality falls within the tradition of subjective assessments of the stratification system. Instead of dealing narrowly with the topic of subjective social class, Kluegel and Smith take a broader view and look at individuals' beliefs about stratification system as a whole. . . . This research adds to the growing literature in political cognition. Kluegel and Smith have made an important step in applying ideas from social-psychological research on social cognition to a traditional sociological topic. The ultimate result of such cross-fertilization should be to enrich research in both belief formation and social stratification."

--John A. Fleishman, Social Forces

"Kluegel and Smith's Beliefs about Inequality is a superb piece of scholarship, combining substantive ambition and theoretical depth with analytical clarity and sophistication. It is surely a book of enduring significance."

--Lawrence Bobo, the Public Opinion Quarterly

"This book is about the American's beliefs about inequality: its nature, its sources, and its consequences. . . . Kluegel and Smith represent a unique combination of skills and interests, and the integration of their somewhat differing orientations to theory and data has resulted in an important work. I am persuaded that their book will influence theory and research in this area for many years to come. It deserves the serious attention of scholars working in the field of inequality."

--Duane F. Alwin, Contemporary Sociology

ISBN: 9780202303277
ISBN-10: 0202303276
Series: Social Institutions and Social Change
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 342
Published: 31st December 1986
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.48