Topic: Stratification & Inequality

Description

For this week, we are returning to stratification once again. You will note that these readings are very attentive to the intersections (interplay) of race, class and gender in the contexts of Milwaukee and New York City.

Here are the questions for each reading:

For Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond:

1) What is an eviction?

2) How are evictions about poverty and profit according to Desmond?

3) Why does Desmond focus on Sherrena?

4) How does Lamar’s story help us understand evictions or the threat of evictions?

For Uneasy Street: The Anxieties of Affluence by Rachel Sherman:

1) How is this book about stratification in the United States?

2) Why do the affluent experience anxiety?

3) Why does Sherman center the language of “moral worth”?

4) How did you personally feel about this reading?