SOC 311: Social Stratification (Dr. Wells-Lewis): Upper/Elite Class/Rich

Resources examining the array of social structures within the United States

The Fabulous Life Of Billionaires

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SAMPLE KEYWORD SEARCH: "upper class" and power


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Additional Reading

From the NYTimes Class Matters Series

Recommended Databases to Search for more Articles

Terms you may want to use in a search: upper class, leisure class, elite, wealthy, rich, ultra rich, affluent.


any of the following terms: bankruptcy,  black americans, blue collar worker, employment,  unemployment,  employment levels,  under employment,   downward mobility,  family, ethnic groups, hispanic americans, income distrubution, income, income inequities, labor market, lifestyles, low income, occupational structure, recession, social mobility,  socioeconomic status,  economic status, standard of living,  taxes,  wealth, upward mobility,  salaries,  living wage, minimum wage,  wages.

SAMPLE: (upper class or wealthy or elite) and "income distrubution"

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Use KEWORD option if you don't know the Library of Congress Subject.
In KEYWORD put phrases in quotes.
Put + before important single terms
e.g. "upper class" and power

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Browse titles by Subject Heading

Elite (Social Sciences) Social Mobility -- United States.
Equality -- United States. Social stratification
Social Classes. Upper Class
Social Classes -- United States. Wealth.
Social Conflict -- United States.

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