Current and Historic Patterns in the Distribution of Income

This exercise was developed for use in an upper-level sociology course. The exercise was presented as part of a unit to better understand the concepts of social class, wealth, and power by examining historical and contemporary data on financial resources, income and poverty. This activity uses two customized data sets, one the 2000 Census and one from combining census information from 1950-1990. It guides students through data manipulation using WebCHIP software found at DataCounts!. To open WebCHIP with the dataset for the activity, please see instructions and links in the exercise documents under teaching materials. For more information on how to use WebCHIP, see the How To section on DataCounts!


Subject poverty, trend, jobs, socioeconomic status, census, income
Abstract We've argued that societal stratification is "both a condition and a process" (Kerckhoff, 2000). The former captures what the distribution of valued resources (e.g., money, education) among other things look like in a society. The question, most simply, is 'who gets what'? In this exercise, we'll examine contemporary and historical data on financial resources.
Creator Jeffrey Lashbrook
Discipline Sociology
Contributor SSDAN
Type Lesson/Lesson Plan, Activity
Resource Type Activities/Exercises/Assignments/Modules, Data for Online Analysis
Language English
Education Level Undergraduate (Lower Division), Undergraduate (Higher Division), Graduate/Professional
Interactivity Type Active
Typical Learning Time 1 to 3 hours, 30 to 60 minutes
Access Rights Free Access

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