My group and I are trying to finalize a case study for our Social Inequality in America course at the University of Maryland. The paper our group has to compile is 30 pages as well as a 25 minute presentation.
This project focuses on developing alternative explanations of the phenomenon of the event/case. Extensive research is obv required so it has to be a multifaceted and complex case with underlying social factors that influence inequality.
So....do u fellas have any ideas as to cases that would be a good dissection of these factors. I mean Rodney King and the black Martin kid are kinda trite and have been beaten to death. Then again Emmitt Till popped in my head so that's shows u how little springs to mind.
I just feel like picking a great case is a lot of the battle. Thanx in advance
I guess I'll put my .02. Why not be different and pick affirmative action and bring examples how ti was used to balance social inequality but has done the opposite. Would make for a more interesting project than Travon Martin.
Is it America in general or do you need to limit it to a particular geographical area?
The obvious answer in an American context are the wealth extremes capitalism creates. The desire to reward productivity with excessive income to promote technological development simultaneously leads to a situation where allocative efficiency of certain goods is difficult to achieve.
Education,Health are basic public goods that aren't distributed quite as much as they should be. Technology and Capital goods are given monopolies with excessive patents making them too expensive for general members of the population.
America is a nation focused on exponential increases in total factor productivity - rather than a foundational approach looking to extract all it can out of it's human capital.
You can maybe study immigration trends, they usually occupy low paying jobs and suffer from exclusion. You can also study how income inequality engenders ethnic tensions, crime and poverty.
Why I ask about the geography of the matter is that social inequality often decreases as you move outwards from urban centres. So studying inequality in America needs to be geographically graded because location determines the existence and availability of social infrastructure, the price of goods and services, and the interaction with varying degrees of wealth (if you are detached from excessive wealth your perception of inequality and oppression is decreased).
Last edited by Rubio2Gasol : 03-05-2013 at 08:12 PM.