Social Inequality: Urgent Problem of the New American Society

Social Inequality:
Urgent Problem of the New American Society

Dobrokhotov L.N.

Dr. Sci. (Philos.), International Relations Sociology Chair professor, Faculty of Sociology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

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Dobrokhotov L.N. Social Inequality: Urgent Problem of the New American Society. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2016. No 2. P. 93-101


The paper offers analyses of social structure and social inequality in USA today. At great length the views of world sociology classics and contemporary scholars are stated. Yet taken into consideration USA specifics as world capitalism classical country and America’s dominant role in world (and American sociological school world significance), opinions by American sociologists on growing and acute social inequality problem in their country are discussed. Maximal attention is paid to newest American publications on the issue. Keeping them in mind neoconservative/ neoliberal monetarist ideology and practice (main reason for current social crisis in the USA) are under fire in the paper. It underlines at the same time that following in Russia a policy that copies the most outdated American experience had refuted both by science and practice leading our country into dead end. Leading American scholars suggest another way out.

society; social structure; inequality; classes; working class; middle class; capitalism; liberalism; USA
Content No 2, 2016