SOC 311: Social Stratification (Dr. Wells-Lewis): Income

Resources examining the array of social structures within the United States

Paul Krugman: The Future of the Middle Class?

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Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times Op-Ed columnist Paul Krugman discusses the history of the American "middle class," and argues that growing income inequality may threaten its existence.

ProQuest Ebook Central


SAMPLE KEYWORD SEARCH: race and income

SAMPLE SUBJECT SEARCH: economic conditions

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SAMPLE SUBJECT SEARCH: income and inequality


Google Books

Why use Google Books?

Google Books searches the full-text of books.  It is great for narrow topics because it lets you search within the text of books--you can see the table of contents, index or a portion of the contents of the book.  You can then locate the book in a nearby library.

Current in print copyrighted books are not full text. Out of print but still copyrighted books will show 20% of the book. Books in the public domain (pre 1923) are completely full text.

SAMPLE SEARCH: "income distribution" and "social class"

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Recommended Databases to find more Articles

Terms you may want to search:  lower class, middle class, upper class, working class, poor, poverty, rich, super rich, socioeconomic status, social class

AND any of the following:

income gap, income equity, income distribution, wage(s), salary/salaries, low wage,  income mobility, income attainment, economic impact, wage structure, minimum wage, employment potential, employment level, labor market, under employment, unemployment, occupational training, wage differencials, economic aspects, socioeconomics, skilled labor, minorities

SAMPLE: (minorities or ethnic groups)  and income

Search for Books at Spiva Library

Use KEWORD option if you don't know the Library of Congress Subject.
SAMPLE SEARCH: unemployment and "middle class"

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Employment Social Classes -- United States.
Equality -- United States. Social Conflict -- United States.
Income Social Mobility -- United States.
Social Classes. Social stratification

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