Inequality in American Communities

Inequality in American Communities

1st Edition - January 28, 1977

Write a review

  • Authors: Richard F. Curtis, Elton F. Jackson
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483264493

Purchase options

Purchase options
DRM-free (PDF)
Sales tax will be calculated at check-out

Institutional Subscription

Free Global Shipping
No minimum order


Inequality in American Communities is an empirical study of inequality in U.S. communities and its impact on individual Americans. The data for this study come from sample surveys in six American cities differing in size and region. In each survey, male heads of households were asked about attributes that ranked them in the system of inequality and about a variety of attitudes and behaviors that might be affected by their ranks. The analyses seek to determine how social rank affects various attitudes and behaviors and compare these effects from community to community. Comprised of 12 chapters, this book begins with an overview of theoretical assumptions about community stratification, with particular reference to how a person's life is shaped by his position in a local structure of inequality. The discussion then turns to patterns of social stratification in six cities: Columbus (Ohio), Linton and Indianapolis (Indiana), and Yuma, Safford, and Phoenix (Arizona). The distributions of various rank variables, such as income and education, in these cities are described, along with the ways in which they are related to form systems of inequality. A basic model of the processes of stratification is also presented. The remaining chapters explore the consequences of social rank and cover topics ranging from social participation and political ideology to anomia and intolerance. This monograph will be of interest to sociologists.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    1 Inequality in the Community

    Theoretical Orientations on Community Stratification

    Objectives of the Study

    Data and Methods

    A Description of the Communities

    Part I Inequality in Six Communities

    2 Patterns of Inequality

    The Interrelatedness of Ranks

    Rigidity in Community Stratification Systems

    Summary and Conclusions

    3 Processes of Inequality

    A Basic Model of the Stratification Process

    The Role of Racial-Ethnic Rank

    Summary and Conclusions

    4 Perceptions of Inequality

    Do Americans Perceive a Class Structure in Their Communities?

    Class Placement by Self and Others

    Perceptions of Class Dissensus on Public Issues

    Perceptions of Legitimate Success

    Summary and Conclusions

    Part II Consequences of Social Rank

    5 Models of Rank Effects

    Are Rank Effects Additive?

    Are Rank Effects Linear?

    Is a Unidimensional Model Adequate?

    An Exploration of Multidimensional Models

    Summary and Conclusions

    6 Satisfaction: Balancing Aspirations and Success

    The Measurement of General Satisfaction

    Social Rank and General Satisfaction

    Effects Due to City and to Control Variables

    Summary and Conclusions

    7 Informal Social Participation: Visiting and Friendship

    Social Participation and Community Social Structure

    Social Participation and Hierarchy

    Rates of Visiting and Values about Visiting

    Differential Association: A Basis for Class Cultures?

    Summary and Conclusions

    8 Formal Social Participation

    Associations, the Communication Network, and Community Influence

    Types of Formal Participation

    Effects of Rank on Formal Social Participation

    Rank, Formal Participation, and Political Activity

    Summary and Conclusions

    9 Political Ideology and Party Identification

    Conservatism and Class Interests

    Domestic Liberalism and Party Identification

    Rank Effects on Political Orientations

    Mediating Factors: Why Does Rank Affect Political Orientations?

    Summary and Conclusions

    10 Anomia

    Anomia, Social Rank, and Community Integration

    Measuring Anomia

    Which Social Ranks Affect Anomia?

    Why Are Men of Low Rank More Anomic?

    Frustration and Perceptions of Opportunity and Legitimacy as Intervening Variables

    Summary and Conclusions


    11 Intolerance

    Expectations from Theory

    Four Varieties of Intolerance

    Effects of Rank on Four Forms of Intolerance

    Summary and Conclusions

    12 Conclusions and Implications

    The Effects of Social Rank

    Do Systems of Inequality Differ across Communities?



Product details

  • No. of pages: 368
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1977
  • Published: January 28, 1977
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483264493

About the Authors

Richard F. Curtis

Elton F. Jackson

About the Editor

Peter H. Rossi

Ratings and Reviews

Write a review

There are currently no reviews for "Inequality in American Communities"